PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) The Seattle Mariners are shutting down their summer league team in the Venezuelan Summer League and will consolidate all of their Latin America operations at an academy in the Dominican Republic that opened last year.
The Mariners announced the changes on Monday. Beginning with the 2015 season, the Mariners will field two teams in the Dominican Summer League. Seattle's academy, located in Boca Chica, was built on 24 acres and opened in early 2014 and has enough space to accommodate all Venezuelan players and field staff.
Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said the plan all along was to centralize the Latin American operations, but that the Mariners would remain heavily invested in scouting in Venezuela.