The Eugene Emeralds, Short-Season Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, opens its season Friday at home against the Boise Hawks. The Cubs announced Tuesday the Player Development Contract with Eugene that was set to expire at the end of the season was extended for two more years.
The Cubs agreed with the Eugene Emeralds on a two-year Player Development Contract extension through the 2018 season. The current agreement runs through the 2016 campaign.
“From first-class facilities to a dedicated front office staff, the Eugene ballclub has proved to be an outstanding partner for the Cubs organization, and we are pleased to extend this agreement,” said Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President, Scouting and Player Development in a statement. “We thank Allan Benavides and the entire Emeralds front office for providing a positive experience for our players who have come through Eugene.”
“The Eugene Emeralds are thrilled to see our PDC extended through 2018,” said Emeralds General Manager Allan Benavides in a statement. “The Cubs continue to be strong contenders at every level of professional baseball, and we are honored to have Eugene be the launching point for a new generation of Cubs players. The support and camaraderie we’ve received from Jason McLeod, Jaron Madison and the Cubs Front Office has been top notch. It’s a privilege to be a member of the Cubs Family and we are very excited for the future.”
The affiliation between Eugene and Chicago began in 2015 (signed contract in fall of 2014). Eugene was previously a Cubs affiliate in the 1999-2000 seasons.
The Cubs Player Development Contracts with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs (2018), Double-A Tennessee Smokies (2018), Low-A South Bend Cubs (2018) and Short-Season Class-A Eugene Emeralds (2018) all run through the 2018 season. The Cubs Player Development Contract with High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2016) expires at the end of this season.
The Eugene Emeralds will release its initial Opening Day Roster in the very near future and it’s expected to include several of the top prospects in the Cubs’ system.