Larry Lucchino is stepping down as president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, but a Pawtucket Red Sox spokeswoman says his role as principal owner of the Triple A team isn't expected to change.

Patty Doyle tells The Providence Journal ( ) Lucchino has been "hyper-focused" on negotiating a deal with Rhode Island to move the team to Providence, and she expects that will continue.

Lucchino and Providence lawyer James Skeffington led a group of investors that bought the PawSox in February. The team wants to build a new stadium on prime riverfront land owned by the state and Brown University. Lucchino became lead negotiator when Skeffington died in May.

Doyle said Lucchino plans to visit North Carolina with a Rhode Island group Wednesday to discuss the "transformative effect" the Triple-A Bulls' ballpark had on downtown Durham.