PawSox prepare for season amid rumors of move

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The Pawtucket Red Sox are preparing for their season opener as the team’s new ownership looks towards their potential future in Providence.

The team held its annual media day at McCoy Stadium on Tuesday.

The new ownership group – which includes Providence attorney James Skeffington, former CVS CEO Tom Ryan and Boston Red Sox President Larry Lucchino – announced the purchase of the PawSox in February, along with plans to build a new stadium on the Providence waterfront.

On Tuesday, Skeffington said the ownership is completing the economic impact statement and cost analysis of the ballpark.

“Hopefully by next week we’ll be in a position to make a proposal, as we said we would, by mid-April,” he said.

The players said there wasn’t much chatter about the potential move during spring training. Infielder Deven Marrero said he’s just happy to play in front of the hometown fans.

“They love baseball up here,” he said. “It’s so awesome to come up here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and the place be packed.”

“I’m looking forward to getting out and seeing the city a bit today and tomorrow while we’re still here, and the stadium here is beautiful,” added infielder Sean Coyle. “I’m excited about the summer.”

Many of the organization’s top prospects will be starting the season in Pawtucket.

The PawSox begin their season April 9 at Lehigh Valley. Visit their website for a full schedule.

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