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Dodgers sign affiliate deal with RC Quakes; Angels go with Inland Empire

Rancho CucamongaAs first reported here, the Los Angeles Dodgers have indeed signed a two-year affiliation deal with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High Class A; California League); the Dodgers also purchased a minority chunk of the team, we’re told. Meanwhile, the Quakes’ former parent, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, signed an affiliate deal with the Inland Empire 66ers (High Class A; California League).

The investment and its extent have not been made public.

“We feel like the move to Rancho not only brings our High A partner closer to Dodger Stadium, but is a strong fit for our organizational goals,” said Dodgers assistant general manager De Jon Watson. “We’re excited to partner with Brett Sports and look forward to a long-lasting relationship.”

“The Dodgers are one of the most prestigious teams in all of sports and we are excited to begin our partnership with them in Rancho Cucamonga,” said Quakes managing partner Bobby Brett.

With the deal, that left only two teams left at High Class A: The Angels and the 66ers, who officially announced their deal minutes ago. The two will be joined for at least two years.

It also means the Cincinnati Reds will enter an affiliation deal with the Bakerfield Blaze (High Class A; California League); these two teams are the last standing at High A.

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Here’s a look at the current affiliate status.

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