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.
I can confirm that the Dodgers will cut ties with its rookie-league affiliate in Ogden, Utah, as @jphoornstra reported. Ogden was a Dodgers affiliate since 2003. This is part of the downsizing happening across the minor leagues in 2021.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) November 20, 2020
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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