A’s Landing In Las Vegas Likely Sets Up A Race For Nashville

The first domino of the 2018 affiliation shuffle fell yesterday—and it was a doozy. The Las Vegas 51s inked a two-year player-development contract with the Oakland A’s, the lone West Coast team available at the Triple-A level. 51s President Don Logan told the Las Vegas Review Journal that having an affiliate nearby was a deciding factor in the agreement, as was his friendship with A’s Executive Vice President Billy Beane.

“Geography matters,” Logan said. “How much it matters, I don’t know, but when you’ve got the list of teams available and there’s one West Coast team, which is Oakland, it just made sense and the fact that . . . Billy and I are friends.”

The exterior of Las Vegas' new $80 million ballpark due to open in 2019
The bright lights of Las Vegas’ new ballpark are due to shine in 2019. Courtesy of Howard Hughes Corporation.

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