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American Association commissioner hopes to have more clarity on St. Paul Saints 'by the end of the week'

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The St. Paul Saints could soon become the Minnesota Twins Class Triple-A affiliate, according to a Star Tribune report. The Saints are currently American Association baseball members along with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Forum file photo

FARGO — The American Association could be without its most recognizable franchise next season as the St. Paul Saints might become a Minnesota Twins affiliate, according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune report.

Earlier this week, Minnesota informed the Rochester (N.Y.) Red Wings they would no longer be the Twins' Class Triple-A affiliate.

The Saints are a top contender to replace Rochester, according to the Star Tribune. The American Association is an independent baseball league that currently has 11 members, including the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

"No comment at this point," American Association commissioner Joshua Schaub said of the Saints situation. "Nothing is completed on that front. We hope to have resolution one way or the other by the end of the week."

RedHawks officials also had no comment, directing league membership inquiries to the league office.

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The American Association already had one team leave the league this offseason as it recently announced that the Texas AirHogs terminated their league membership. The American Association had 12 members last season, but only six of them operated due to the coronavirus pandemic. If the Saints decided to leave, the league will have 10 members.

The Star Tribune reported the Saints would have to pay as much as $20 million to Minor League Baseball to become a Twins affiliate.

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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