Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien says Pawtucket's Triple A baseball club has been sold and is leaving the city.
The mayor tells WPRO-AM that he was briefed by the team Sunday. He did not disclose the new owners or where they will move the team.
Grebien said that until Sunday there was hope the team would remain in Pawtucket. However, he said he was presented with a plan that doesn't include Pawtucket. He said the move is "devastating."
WJAR-TV, an NECN affiliate, reports that the new owners, who include well known Rhode Island businessmen and attorneys and members of the Red Sox organization, including Red Sox President Larry Lucchino, want to move the team to Providence.
Grebien said the new owners told him it didn't make sense to spend money on the stadium and they are instead looking at establishing a destination stadium.
The team's principal owner is Madelaine Mondor, widow of longtime owner Ben Mondor who owned the team from 1977 until his death in 2010.
The team has a news conference scheduled for Monday.