Tampa Bay Rays reportedly buying Tampa Bay Rowdies

Posted at 12:02 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 19:15:21-04

The Tampa Bay Rays are buying the Tampa Bay Rowdies, a source confirmed to ABC Action News Monday morning.

The deal will also give the Rays control of Al Lang Stadium in St. Pete.

The announcement will be made official at a press conference Tuesday.

The motive behind the move is not clear at this time, but we do know the Rowdies' owner will be at the press conference.

"Mr. Edwards deserves much appreciation for remaking the Tampa Bay Rowdies and investing in Al Lang Stadium and our community. Similarly, the Tampa Bay Rays' leadership has remade their baseball organization and placed considerable emphasis on community engagement. I am confident that this is a positive development for all parties, the great fans of both teams, and the City of St. Petersburg," said Mayor Rick Kriseman.

The Rays just wrapped up their season Sunday with a 9-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Meanwhile, the Rowdies have three matches remaining this year.