Re: Portland without an AAA team? Padres want to move to Escondido
Having a AAA team within an hour's drive of the ML club has the effect of extending the active roster to 28-30. 3-7 players might be in a shuttle status. There is little travel time lost in bringing someone in to make a spot start or adding an arm to the bullpen after a couple of high use days. Fans of the AAA club are not as likely to be upset by this taxi squad tactic as they come to see the AAA club as an extension of the ML club.