New Bedford eyes PawSox

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox say they want to move the team to Providence. However, if a deal cannot be reached, the PawSox may find a new home outside Rhode Island.

New Bedford city councilor Steven Martins filed a motion to have the city talk about taking on the team. That motion eventually led to letters to the PawSox ownership.

“We’d like to invite the leadership team down here to New Bedford,” Martins told Eyewitness News.

Martins and fellow councilman Kerry Winterson already have two potential sites for a new stadium in mind. One of them is right along the waterfront, similar to the proposed ballpark in Providence.

While Martins and Winterson are interested in luring the team to the Whaling City, they say they will give the PawSox time to work on a deal with Rhode Island officials.

“We want to give them the respect they deserve,” Winterson said.

“We’re not looking to push any buttons,” Martins agreed. “But those negotiations — if they would fall through, I would think that New Bedford would look at the possibility of being aggressive on the approach and have them come here.”

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