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Padres’ Tri-City affiliate on chopping block as MLB, MiLB resume talks at winter meetings

There are 42 teams on the chopping block as part of Major League Baseball’s controversial proposal to overhaul the landscape of its minor leagues, including the Tri-City Dust Devils, the Padres’ affiliate in the Northwest League.

Needless to say, there’s quite a bit of anxiety surrounding the Dust Devils as their front office makes the 900-mile trek from eastern Washington to San Diego for the annual winter meetings, which begin Sunday.

“It’s shocking; it’s disappointing,” said Brent Miles, president of the Dust Devils and a 26-year veteran of minor league baseball. “But quite frankly, I think about 160 employees and the 87,000 fans who come to our games annually.