Worcester hires consultants to help in effort to lure PawSox

A view of the statue of the Paw Sox mascot looms in front of McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket in 2006.
A view of the statue of the Paw Sox mascot looms in front of McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket in 2006. –Tom Herde / The Boston Globe

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The city of Worcester has hired two consultants to help it in discussions with the Pawtucket Red Sox about the possibility of relocating from Rhode Island.

The Telegram & Gazette reports the city hired Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist and former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Jeffrey Mullan.

Zimbalist worked as a consultant for the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2015, when the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox asked for $120 million in state subsidies as part of a plan to build a new stadium in Providence. That proposal died amid widespread public opposition. Rhode Island officials are currently considering an $83 million plan to keep the team in Pawtucket.

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PawSox officials have toured Worcester and city leaders have said they’re interested in luring the team there.