By WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The St. Paul Saints are on track to become the Minnesota Twins’ new Triple-A affiliate.

According to the Twins, the team has invited the St. Paul Saints (Triple-A), Wichita Wind Surge (Double-A) in Kansas, Cedar Rapids Kernels (High-A) in Iowa and Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (Low-A) in Florida to become club minor league affiliates beginning in the 2021 season.

The Twin’s general manager says it will give them the opportunity to rehab players “in our own backyard.”

“Should the partnerships come to fruition via Major League Baseball’s new player development structure, Twins prospects would gain renowned facilities in St. Paul, Minnesota and Wichita, Kansas; the organization would maintain longtime successful relationships with Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Fort Myers, Florida (including continued utilization of the CenturyLink Sports Complex toward the beginning of the player development journey); and, the club’s top three affiliates would be connected within a North-South radius of approximately 775 miles,” the Twins said in a statement. “A potential Twins-Saints association would create the closest geographic relationship between parent club and Triple-A affiliate in Major League Baseball, with Target Field and CHS Field separated by just 10.6 miles.”

WCCO’s Mike Max says Twins General Manager Thad Levine confirmed that the Saints will indeed be joining the Twins minor league system.

Earlier Tuesday morning, the Saint Paul Saints tweeted an ambiguous picture of a rose on a home plate without a caption.

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