NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario — The Toronto Blue Jays are negotiating to purchase Niagara Falls (N.Y.) White Sox of the Class A New York-Penn League, with plans to move the baseball franchise to a Canadian city next season, the American League East team has confirmed.
The Blue Jays said they have an option to purchase the minor league team from owner George Wenz by Nov. 1.
Gord Ash, the Blue Jays' administrator of player personnel, said an official statement might come later in the week, but the team would not make an announcement on any franchise shift until Nov. 1.
The major league team, though, is reported to be considering moving the team here or nearby St. Catharines or Hamilton.
Jack Collinson, Niagara Falls city adminstrator, said Blue Jay representatives have been in the city to inspect the facilities at Oakes Park.