The Boise Hawks will be searching for a new Major League Baseball affiliate.
Hawks general manager Todd Rahr said Thursday night that the Chicago Cubs did not renew their agreement. MLB teams had until midnight ET Thursday to renew agreements.
"We're technically free agents right now," Rahr said.
The next step for the Hawks is to negotiate with other teams seeking new affiliates, and can reach agreements from Sept. 16-30. MLB will pair unaffiliated teams after that, and that could still be the Cubs if they do not find a new affiliate. Rahr said among the reasons the Cubs chose not to renew was their desire for an upgrade in facilities, a ongoing battle for the team is finding improvements for Memorial Stadium.
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The Hawks have been the Cubs' short-season Class A affiliate since 2001. The teams that are likely to be the next parent club are a trio of teams that did not renew with fellow Northwest League clubs — the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres. The Los Angeles Angels did not renew with their affiliate in the Pioneer League at the Rookie level and could look to move into the Northwest League.