The Dodgers are expected to announce Wednesday that their top two minor league affiliates beginning in 2015 will be in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, per multiple reports.
The first press conference will be in Oklahoma City at 9 a.m. PT, where the Dodgers will announce their purchase the Triple-A RedHawks. Technically, Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber will purchase the team for a reported $23 to $25 million, per Michael Baldwin of The Oklahoman, from Mandalay Sports Entertainment, of which Guber is also chairman and CEO.
The RedHawks, who will presumably change their name to a bluer shade, were affiliated with the Astros for the last four seasons.
There are no hints of a change on the RedHawks website, other than the top story on the site being a five-month-old article from April about various improvements made to the 17-year-old Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in 2014.
Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten is expected to speak at the press conference in Oklahoma City, as as Tommy Lasorda, per Baldwin.
The Dodgers contingent will make their way to Tulsa, 107 miles away, for a 1 p.m. PT press conference for what the Double-A Tulsa Drillers called on Wednesday "a major announcement regarding the franchise."
It is unknown whether the Dodgers will sign a player development contract with Tulsa for two or four years, but the move was reported by David Paschall of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The Dodgers' Double-A team will be in a different city after six years in Chattanooga.
"I appreciate all the Dodgers did for us over six years," Lookouts owner Frank Burke told Paschall. "They brought us some great memories with Yasiel Puig and Clayton Kershaw and Scott Van Slyke, but now I'm looking forward to starting a relationship with another major league team. This is the start of a new chapter for us."
The Drillers had been an Rockies affiliate since 2003.