Twins exec: Team is closely watching Frontier Field lease negotiations
Rochester, N.Y. (13 WHAM) - As the Red Wings' future of playing at Frontier Field continues to remain uncertain, an executive with the team's MLB affiliate says they want to continue to have the minor league team in Rochester.
The team is currently negotiating with Monroe County over a new deal to play at Frontier Field.
The Red Wings' lease runs out at the end of the season and team officials tell 13WHAM News the two sides are far apart from reaching a decision.
"We’ll provide whatever support and guidance we can moving forward but we know our group here is putting (the team) in the best position at the major league level and I’m very happy with the partnership here," said Derek Falvey.
Falvey, the Executive VP and Chief Baseball Officer of the Minnesota Twins, is visiting Rochester for the first time since joining the Twins organization last year. He said his visit has nothing to do with the ongoing stadium negotiations between the county and the Red Wings, and instead he's making the rounds to the team's minor league affiliates to get to know each organization.
When asked about the current stadium negotiations, Falvey said the Twins organization is watching closely.
"Certainly we’re paying attention to it, it’s obviously something we’re sensitive to and monitoring moving forward," Falvey said. "We’re hopeful everything works out moving forward but we’re very sensitive to the situation and taking a look."
Falvey says much like in Minnesota, Rochester baseball has history and tradition, and that's something they want to be a part of moving forward.
"We certainly recognize, as an organization, how important it is to have that stability and loyalty moving forward and that’s something we want to be a part of," Falvey said. "Rochester baseball has been around for a long time and has a long and storied tradition and we want to be a part of that moving forward."
In a statement Friday, Monroe County Director of Communications Brett Walsh said, in part, "The county has and will continue to negotiate in good faith to strike an agreement to keep the team at Frontier Field. We look forward to a productive meeting on Monday."
Meanwhile a member of Minor League Baseball's office-- who did not want to be quoted-- says they are monitoring from a distance and want baseball in Rochester.