Padres purchase, relocate Triple-A club

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The San Diego Padres announced on Tuesday the purchase and relocation of their Triple-A affiliate.

The Padres used the Portland Beavers as their Pacific Coast League farm team from 2001 through last season, but decided to uproot the franchise and place it in Tucson, Arizona for with the 2011 campaign.

"Our ownership group is happy to have finalized our purchase of the Padres' Triple-A affiliate, so we can move forward with planning for 2011 and beyond," said San Diego vice chairman and CEO Jeff Moorad. "We would like to thank the Pacific Coast League and Minor League Baseball for working with us to ensure the purchase process went as smoothly as possible."

The Tucson Padres will play next season in the new Kino Stadium, formerly known as Tucson Electric Park.

The ultimate fate of the club is still up in the air, with the Padres hoping to complete a new park in Escondido, California in the next two years, which is planned to be the long-term home for the Triple-A club.


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