PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – It looks like the PawSox may not remain in Pawtucket after all.
According to Red Sox Reporter for The Boston Globe Nick Carfardo, anonymous sources close to the team tell him that the team is leaning towards moving to Worcester.
“At first, there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm,” Cafardo told the Worcester Business Journal Monday. “Then, all of a sudden, there was some great enthusiasm. Someone did a great selling job on them.”
In response to the reports, the PawSox released a statement in regards to their negotiations:
For the past month, PawSox officials have been meeting regularly and diligently with officials from the City of Pawtucket to discern the implications and ramifications of the Mattiello Bill that was passed June 22. The club has continued to have discussions elsewhere as well.”
Back in June, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed legislation introduced by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in hopes of keeping the team in Rhode Island.
The bill calls for a new $83-million ballpark to be built on the Apex site in Pawtucket. Most of the money – $71 million – would be borrowed by the quasi-public Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency; $33 million of that debt would be repaid by the team, and $38 million would be repaid with state and city tax revenue. The team would cover the other $12 million.
It’s unclear at this time the specifics of the offer Worcester gave the team.