The Rangers have agreed to a four-year player development contract with the Nashville Sounds, per a club announcement. Their top affiliate had been with Round Rock for the past eight years.
This news also comes with implications for the Nationals, who were among the teams looking for new affiliate agreements. All that’s left for the Nats, in terms of established Triple-A outfits, is Fresno — a location sited about as far away from D.C. as possible.
It’s been apparent for awhile that the Rangers would be in for an affiliate change, as their previous affiliate, has long been said to be a target of the cross-state Houston Astros. Over the weekend, it was reported that the Rangers’ new affiliate could land in San Antonio, though Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram indicated yesterday that Nashville was actually the Rangers’ top preference among the remaining available affiliates.