During an interview with Paul Gerke on KIVITV in Boise, Hawks’ General Manager Todd Rahr said the Cubs did not renew its player development contract with the Boise Hawks by Thursday’s midnight deadline and informed him the Cubs have decided to look for a new affiliate for its Short-Season Low-A team.
The Boise Hawks have been an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs since 2001.
Todd Rahr indicated the Cubs wanted Boise to upgrade its facilities, and while the Hawks are discussing facility upgrades, there has not been any progress made on improving the existing facility or building new facilities. Rahr also mentioned the Cubs are looking to relocate the team closer to Chicago.
Paul Gerke reported Boise will have to make improvements and upgrades to the facilities at Memorial Stadium for the new parent club, which could end up being the San Francisco Giants.
The Cubs have not announced PDC extensions with the Kane County Cougars or the Daytona Cubs.
Kane County appears to just be a formality at this point with the Cougars’ brass agreeing to upgrade the facilities at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark to meet the Cubs specifications. But the South Bend Silver Hawks are still going to try to persuade the Cubs to move the team’s Low-A affiliate from Kane County to South Bend.
According to a report from Sean Kernan, the Cubs 22-year partnership with the City of Daytona appears to be over. The Cubs let Thursday’s midnight deadline pass without extending the player development contract with Daytona.
The Cubs contract with Iowa runs through the 2016 season. And the Cubs and Smokies announced a four-year PDC extension earlier this year that runs through the 2018 season.
The two week window for MLB teams to negotiate player development contracts with new farm teams begins Tuesday (Sept. 16).
Update 10:40pm CDT – There are several key dates for player development contracts this year. From Sept. 12-15 clubs are notified which minor league teams are available to negotiate with for two or four year PDC contracts. From Sept. 16-Oct. 7 MLB clubs can negotiate with potential minor league affiliates and beginning on Oct. 7, MiLB will find affiliates for any remaining teams.
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