The Mobile Baybears officially have new owners who are looking at north Alabama as a possible place to bring their baseball team.
BallCorps LLC announced Thursday afternoon that its purchase of the team from Mobile Professional Baseball LLC was complete.
The team will still play the 2018 season in Mobile and be managed by Mobile Professional Baseball, according to BallCorps. But the future could mean relocation to north Alabama.
"The Southern League and Minor League Baseball have granted us exploration rights to investigate north Alabama, which is an
exciting market, but the organization is still considering all options at this point, including the team remaining in Mobile," BallCorps CEO Ralph Nelson said in a statement.
North Alabama has been without a minor-league baseball team since the Huntsville Stars left for Biloxi, Miss., after the 2014 season.
Madison city planners are currently developing a multipurpose site in the Town Madison development near Interstate 565 and Zierdt Road. That development has been cited as a possible home for a baseball stadium, according to city leaders.