Report: PawSox may be sold to some Red Sox owners

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Pawtucket Red Sox are expected to be sold to part of the Boston Red Sox ownership group, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

The paper cited a source in Major League Baseball saying the PawSox, a Triple A affiliate for the Red Sox since 1973, would be sold. The paper did not report a price or name the potential buyers.

In a statement, a PawSox spokesperson told WPRI.com that “it’s premature for us to comment on this.”

Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien told WPRI.com he was unaware of the reported sale until he read it in the Boston Globe Friday morning.

The PawSox, winners of two of the last three International League championships, have played at McCoy Stadium since 1970. The team reached an agreement earlier this year to remain at the stadium until at least 2021.

Under the ownership of Ben Mondor, the team became one of the most valuable franchises in minor league baseball. In 2013, the franchise was valued at $19 million with annual revenues of $8 million, according to Forbes. Mondor died in 2010.

Dan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Twitter: @danmcgowan

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