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Mudcats, Braves make it official: Two-year PDC

Carolina Mudcats logoThe Atlanta Braves and the Carolina Mudcats (High Class A; Carolina League) made it official: the two teams agreed to a two-year player development contract, through the 2016 season.

High Class A featured the last two open affiliations for the 2015-2016 cycle. With the Texas Rangers’ Jon Daniels announcing his team would be affiliating with the High Desert Mavericks (California League), it was a foregone conclusion the two teams left standing, the Braves and the Mudcats, would end up hooking up on a PDC.

“The Carolina Mudcats are extremely pleased to partner with Atlanta to bring the Braves back to the Triangle,” said Mudcats owner Steve Bryant via press release. “They have enjoyed a great past playing in this area with wonderful fan support. “We believe, working with the Braves system, we can enjoy great growth and success for the Mudcats as we, together, embrace the Braves’ fans in this great sports market.”

“We are delighted to reach this agreement with the Carolina Mudcats,” Braves president John Schuerholz said. “This move will allow us to continue our long-standing affiliation with the Carolina League.”

And so ends the affiliate dance between MiLB and MLB teams every two years. All in all, it was a busy shuffle: We saw higher-than-normal affiliate shifts at Triple-A, some surprising shuffles at Low Class A, and three MLB teams — the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies — pretty much completely making over their farm teams.

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

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