It wasn't up until 2014, but that didn't stop the Cincinnati Reds and Billings Mustangs (rookie; Pioneer League) from extending their player-development contract (PDC) for two more years.
"The entire Cincinnati Reds organization is ecstatic to announce that we are extending our PDC with the Billings Mustangs," said Reds Assistant Director of Player Development Jeff Graupe. "This has been a tremendously productive relationship for several decades and the City of Billings has long been an important part of the development of future Major League players. Billings is a great place for our young players to begin their careers as the combination of fan excitement, front office support and host family hospitality provides an excellent environment for a player to begin his journey towards the Major Leagues."
The Mustangs and Reds have been affiliated since 1974, one of the longest active partnerships in professional baseball. The extension keeps the pair together until the end of the 2016 season.
"We are thrilled to extend our working relationship with the Cincinnati Reds," said Gary Roller, Mustangs General Manager. "Looking ahead, we'll celebrate our 40th consecutive season as a Reds affiliate in 2013, and we couldn't be more pleased or more proud. Our partnership is one of the longest running affiliations in professional baseball and has produced eight Pioneer League Championships and numerous players who have gone on to play at the Major League level. We feel fortunate to be a member of the Reds extended family and look forward to many shared successes over the next four years."
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