Though nothing's been officially announced -- and won't be until the end of the regular season -- word is that the Los Angeles Dodgers are negotiating a purchase of a chunk of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High Class A; California League) and will switch affiliation to the team.
It's become trendy for major-league teams for invest in minor-league operations; in recent years the San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies have invested in their affiliates, sometimes more extensively than reported in the press (and sometimes less). The Dodgers, more recently, owned the Vero Beach Dodgers (High Class A; Florida State League).
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