The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that, pending full approval from the Pacific Coast League, they have reached an agreement to sell a majority interest in the team’s
Triple–A Affiliate Memphis Redbirds to Peter B. Freund, the Principal Owner of Trinity Baseball Holdings. The agreement calls for the parties to close the transaction by April 1, 2016.“While we were not actively looking to sell a stake in the team, after meeting Peter we immediately knew that partnering with him would strengthen the Memphis Redbirds and be a win for everyone involved,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Chairman and CEO of the St. Louis Cardinals. “To have someone of Peter’s caliber and track record of success in minor league baseball willing to make this investment further solidifies the revitalization of this flagship franchise and baseball in Memphis.” “I immediately fell in love with the city of Memphis and the Redbirds the moment I stepped foot in AutoZone Park and met the leadership team,” said Freund. “I am thrilled to join the St. Louis Cardinals in partnership to ensure the Memphis Redbirds remain the premier Triple–A franchise in all of minor league baseball.” Craig Unger, the General Manager of the Memphis Redbirds since April 2014, will be promoted to President and General Manager as part of the transaction to ensure a seamless transition to the newoperating company.“Craig’s leadership of this franchise over the last two years has been exemplary,” said Freund. “I look forward to working with Craig and his staff to continue building on what has already been accomplished in a relatively short period of time.” While the financial terms of the sale were not disclosed, DeWitt emphasized that the St. Louis Cardinals will retain a minority stake in the Memphis Redbirds and the team will continue to be the Cardinals Triple–A Affiliate.
Source: St. Louis Cardinals