Richmond Times-Dispatch

Nats link with Rochester for Triple-A affiliate

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The Washington Nationals announced an agreement with the Rochester Red Wings to be their new Triple-A affiliate, moving their top farm team back to the East Coast after a stint with the Fresno Grizzlies.

The Red Wings agreement was announced in a tweet by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The Triple-A club had been with Minnesota since 2003, then left the Twins this week in a leaguewide reshufflin­g of affiliates. The length of the Nationals and Red Wings’ deal has not yet been determined, with MLB still working out its minor league plans.

The Nationals had expressed interest in shifting from Fresno to a partnershi­p with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The Flying Squirrels have yet to officially determine their affiliate status, although it’s expected they will remain with the San Francisco Giants, continuing their longtime partnershi­p.

♦ The Milwaukee Brewers have promoted MattArnold to senior vice president and general manager. Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns announced the move.

♦ The Detroit Tigers requested unconditio­nal release waivers on utilityman Brandon Dixon so he can pursue an opportunit­y in Japan. Dixon led the Tigers with 15 home runs in 2019 but had only 13 at-bats in the majors during this year’s shortened season.

♦ The major league minimum salary will rise to $570,500 next season, a hike of $7,000.

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