Rangers lose Myrtle Beach affiliate to Cubs

OAKLAND -- The Rangers have lost their Class A Advanced affiliation with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Cubs and the Pelicans reached a two-year working agreement Tuesday.

The Rangers have five options to consider: Lynchburg and the Carolina Mudcats in the Carolina League, Daytona in the Florida State League and Bakersfield and High Desert in the California League.

The Mudcats, located just outside Raleigh, are a strong candidate. Clubs in general prefer the Carolina League. The California League is considered an extreme hitter's league and the Florida State League is more prone to weather delays and postponements.

The Cubs were in Daytona Beach. The Rangers were in Bakersfield until moving to Myrtle Beach in 2011. The drawback in Bakersfield is playing in Sam Lynn Park, which opened in 1941 and faces west. That means the setting sun ends up being in the hitter's eyes.

"Too much is made of the California League," general manager Jon Daniels said. "The ball definitely jumps out there but I can read you a long list of pitchers who have come through those parks."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.