The Yankees are not moving their Class A affiliate and Spring Training home from Tampa, Fla., to Orlando, Fla., the team clarified in a statement Wednesday.
"Reports today that the New York Yankees are considering moving the Spring Training facility from Tampa are completely erroneous," the statement read.
Several local news outlets stated that Orange County was engaged in talks to move the Yankees about 85 miles northeast. Those reports stated that Orange County mayor Richard Crotty was planning a major announcement for Thursday, speculating that it entailed purchasing ownership of the Tampa Yankees.
While that is partially true, the Yankees stated they would only be making a "partial sale" of Class A Tampa to a group of Orange County, Fla., investors, and that it would have "no impact" on the location of the club.
"The Yankees are in very preliminary discussions regarding the possibility of a partial sale of their Single-A Tampa Minor League affiliate to a potential group of Orange County, Fla., investors," the team-issued statement continued. "The investors will make an announcement tomorrow.
"These exploratory conversations will have no impact on the Yankees' Spring Training facility or the Major League team."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Gonzo and 'The Show'. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.