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Kernels, Twins extend affiliation through 2020

Cedar Rapids KernelsThe Cedar Rapids Kernels (Low Class A; Midwest League) and the Minnesota Twins extended their player-development contract (PDC) through the 2020 season.

The pair had already been committed to an affiliation through 2016. This extension is the maximum allowed by Major League and Minor League Baseball. The extension was approved Tuesday afternoon by the Kernels Board of Directors and will be formally signed at a ceremony before tonight’s 6:35 p.m. game with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

“The Twins organization is very happy to extend our affiliation agreement with the Cedar Rapids Kernels,” said Brad Steil, Director of Minor League Operations with the Twins. “We have had two outstanding years working with the Kernels organization and we are very appreciative of the way the Cedar Rapids community has embraced our players and coaches. We look forward to continuing our partnership both on the field and in the community.”

“We are very excited to continue this chapter in Kernels baseball by extending our agreement with the Twins,” said Kernels President Gary Keoppel. “Our fans continue to show their appreciation with their continued support for the Kernels and the Twins.”

The extension wasn’t unexpected; both sides have made it clear they’ve been happy with the relationship. The agreement doesn’t affect any possible affiliation shifts for 2014 — the teams were already committed through 2016 — and we do expect one or two affiliation shifts in the Midwest League: the Cubs and the Kane County Cougars have not renewed, and if the Cubs do look elsewhere, we expect some other teams looking at a move to Geneva.

Here’s a look at the current affiliate status in Minor League Baseball.


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