The same day teams could tell former partners about an impending breakup, the Jackson Generals (Class AA; Southern League) and the Seattle Mariners extended their player development contract (PDC) through 2016.
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Seattle Mariners,” said General Manager Jason Compton. “We are lucky to have an affiliation with such a great organization and look forward to many more years.”
In all, 47 former Generals have appeared in games for the Mariners since 2007 and 24 since 2012. Currently, there are 18 former Generals on Seattle’s active roster, including 2014 American League All-Star third baseman, Kyle Seager.
The Mariners are contending for a spot in the 2014 AL playoffs thanks in part to many former Generals. Seattle is currently two games behind Oakland for the top A.L. Wild Card spot and also remain a half a game back of Detroit for the second AL Wild Card.
2015 and 2016 will mark the ninth and tenth years of partnership between the Seattle Mariners and Jackson Baseball Club, which began in 2007. Jackson was affiliated with the Chicago Cubs from 1998-2006.
There are several PDCs at the Double-A level still up in the air, with Chattanooga/Los Angeles, Huntsville/Milwaukee, Midland/Oakland, and Tulsa/Rockies being the most interesting agreements not renewed for 2016 or beyond.
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