The Denver Zephyrs of the American Association, displaced by National League expansion into their home city, say they have found a home in the New Orleans area.
At one time, the Zephyrs were talking to Salt Lake City officials about moving the franchise to Utah, but no agreement was reached.The Triple-A club refuses to identify what stadium the team will play in next year.
"We have discussed it with the city of New Orleans and we have a commitment from them," said attorney Rob Couhig, representing team owner John Dikeou. "But until everything is signed, sealed and delivered, we will not disclose that site."
The Louisiana Superdome is capable of playing host to a baseball team, but, in the past officials have said it is too large and a team would face scheduling conflicts with conventions.
The baseball stadium at the University of New Orleans also has been mentioned as a possible temporary home.
The Zephyrs had expressed interest in the area for months, but the legislature failed to pass a package to build a minor league park in suburban Metairie.
Gov. Edwin Edwards said he favored a move by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson to bring the Double-A Charlotte Knights of the Southern League to the city. Benson has reached an agreement to purchase the club, which is being forced out by the relocation of a Triple-A club into Charlotte.
The Zephyrs proposed move has been approved by the American Association. If approved by the National Association, the governing body for minor-league baseball, the team would be free to move to New Orleans and the Knights would be forced to move elsewhere.
Benson had no immediate comment on the announcement, his office said. He recently received approval from the LSU Board of Supervisors to play at the UNO park.