The PawSox are planning to leave Pawtucket for Worcester

The PawSox are planning to leave Pawtucket for Worcester

The PawSox, the Boston Red Sox's top minor league team, will remain in its current Pawtucket, Rhode Island, stadium the next two years.

The Pawtucket Red Sox officially have a plan in place to move the Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate to Worcester. The team said it will continue to play at the 77-year-old McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket for the next two years.

Officials have signed a letter of intent to build a 10,000-seat stadium in the Canal District along Madison Street that is expected to be complete by March 2021.

The City will make announcement at 2 PM Friday at City Hall.

The deal had support from business and labor leaders, but Statehouse Republicans and House Speaker Nick Mattiello, a Cranston Democrat were roadblocks.

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According to WBZ-TV's Dan Roche, Larry Lucchino will be in attendance at the announcement.

WBUR reported Thursday that a tentative deal, subject to approval, had been reached between the team and Worcester officials. Another source told TWIW that it will save PawSox ownership around $23 million to move out of Pawtucket and into Worcester.

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner seemed to distance the team from the move, saying the project was driven by Lucchino and that the Red Sox were just "bystanders". "So I'm going to say, 'Give us another meeting and give us another chance, '" she said. That legislation enables the team, the state and the city to begin shopping for bonds to finance a new stadium in Pawtucket.

Under the plan, the state will contribute $35 million, while Worcester will borrow funds and use revenue from lease payments, local property taxes and parking fees from the new development to pay off the loan.

The team's owners previously sought to build a stadium in Providence, Rhode Island, and asked Rhode Island for $120 million in subsidies.

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