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Dodgers Cut Ties With One of Their Minor League Teams

As part of sweeping changes in MLB, LA will part ways with a minor league affiliate.



The Dodgers will no longer be affiliated with the Ogden Raptors, according to several different sources this week. The MLB team is cutting ties with their minor league affiliate after a 17 year run with the Los Angeles based organization. 

The move by the Dodgers represents the massive changes taking place across baseball at the minor league level. The number of affiliate teams is supposed to drop from 160 teams to just 120. Each organization will be left with just 4 affiliates in addition to the two teams that play at their Spring Training complexes. 

The Dodgers’ main affiliations will remain intact. That means that Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa will stay right there at the top. The latest rumor suggests that the High-A Rancho Cucamonga team will be replaced by a team in Spokane. Rancho will be shifted to a Low-A classification in the switch. 

Part of the massive changes also comes with the geographic location of the minor league affiliations. MLB wants to limit the back and forth travel of players as much as possible, so you may start to see teams keep things near home base moving forward. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I wish teams would stop buying expensive players and instead continue to invest in the future of the game by continuing to support the rookie leagues. Today is a sad day for baseball.

  2. Well, duh! The Dodgers organization should have always kept their AAA club close by, like say, Las Vegas. The AA still has to be in the midwest/south, but the Low A should also have been on the west coast.

    Question: what prevents the Dodgers from owning their own AAA, AA, A, l-A clubs and facilities? More whining by the small market clubs? I never understood this…

  3. Couldn’t be in agreement more with Jee about building rather than buying. But, you have to admit Betts was a good buy. And as for being a sad day…I’m still elated with the championship in LA, so…

    • Sad about Ogden.
      Not so sure Betts was a total good buy. He certainly didn’t earn his salary in the playoffs.
      He’ll be good for about 5 years, then the dodgers will be saddled with a big contract and no production for about 6 or 7 years.
      There is just no way he be that good for the whole 12 years.
      There has not been a lengthy big contract in the MLB yet that has been worth it.
      But teams seem to never learn.

      • Mookie was fine in the playoffs.
        NLWC 1 run, 3 hits, 3 2B, 3RBI, 1SB 1BB,.429 BA, .500 OBP .857 SLG 1.357 OPS
        NLDS 5 runs, 4 hits, 2 2B, 1RBI, 1SB, 2BB,.333 BA, .400 OBP .500 SLG .900 OPS
        NLCS 4 runs, 7 hits, 1 2B, 1RBI, 1SB, 5BB, .269 BA, .387 OBP, .308 SLG .695 OPS
        WS 5 runs, 7 hits, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3RBI, 4SB, 2BB, .269 BA, .321 OBP, .577 SLG, .898 OPS 15 Total bases

        Plus run 3 (!) saving catches in NLCS, defensive catch saving a double in Game 4 WS, Insurance HR Bottom 8th in Game 6 WS

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