There is some player-development contract (PDC) news to highlight, as the Sacramento River Cats (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) and the San Francisco Giants have announced an extension through 2020.
In September 2014, the River Cats and the Giants came to an agreement that had been widely expected throughout the year. Just one season into that deal, it seems that both sides are happy with the relationship. This extension is for four seasons, as the original pact between the River Cats and the Giants was set to expire after the 2016 campaign. River Cats general manager Chip Maxson revealed the news yesterday during a preseason party at Raley Field.
“I’m incredibly excited to share that we are officially extending our Player Development Contract with the San Francisco Giants,” says Maxson. “Our first year together was an incredible success, both on and off the field, and we’re proud to share that our dynamic partnership with the San Francisco Giants will continue well into the future.”
“Sacramento has proved to be an incredibly important affiliate for us. The proximity to San Francisco, the loyal fan-base in the Sacramento-region, and the passion of the ownership and front office has been nothing short of spectacular,” said Giants CEO and President Larry Baer. “The future is bright for our relationship with the River Cats organization.”
The timing of this announcement is good for both sides, given that the Giants will take on the River Cats in an exhibition game at Raley Field on March 30.
As for the rest of baseball, expect even more PDC news over the coming months. Affiliations typically expire every two years, so there are a significant number of agreements that will come to a close after this season.