Monday September 15th, 2014

The Oakland Athletics' Triple-A club, the Sacramento River Cats, has submitted plans to part ways with Oakland, according to a report Monday from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Sources from both teams first mentioned ending ties in May, with River Cats management broaching the possibility of becoming a San Francisco Giants affiliate. Since moving to Sacramento in 2000, the River Cats have topped the minor leagues in attendance eight times and brought home seven Pacific Coast League titles.

MLB standings: Playoff picture as of Sept. 15

The River Cats' departure from Oakland's system would be a loss for the A's, said Slusser, due to both the club's proximity to Oakland and its desirability as a destination for minor league players. The Giants' affiliation with Triple-A Fresno also ends after this season.

Oakland, which starts a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, currently leads the Kansas City Royals by one and a half games in the AL Wild Card race.

 
- Christopher Woody

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