There is some affiliation news to report, as the Vermont Lake Monsters (Short Season A; NY-Penn League) and Oakland A’s will continue their relationship. Under the terms of the player development contract (PDC), the two sides will be paired through the 2018 season.
The signing of the two-year agreement assures that the Lake Monsters will continue as Oakland’s short-season Single-A New York-Penn League affiliate for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Vermont has been an affiliate of the Athletics since the 2011 season when the Lake Monsters won the Stedler Division title.
“The Oakland Athletics have been great partners, both on and off the field,” said Vermont Lake Monsters Vice President Kyle Bostwick. “We are excited to continue to work together to help develop ballplayers into future Major Leaguers.”
“We are pleased to extend our partnership with the Vermont Lake Monsters. A number of our organization’s most talented players have thrived during their time with the Lake Monsters before advancing through our system,” said A’s General Manager David Forst. “Over the past six seasons, we’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with the entire Lake Monsters organization, as well as with the City of Burlington. We look forward to future success.”
Since Vermont became the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Athletics, six former Lake Monsters have risen through the Minor Leagues and become “Major League Monsters”: Ryan Dull (2012), Bruce Maxwell (2012), Addison Russell (2012), Michael Ynoa (2012), Ryon Healy (2013) and Dillon Overton (2014).
We’ve been posting plenty of affiliate news so far this summer, as teams get ready for the end of the season, when new affiliate deals can be negotiated if the old ones end. Most affiliate deals end up renewed. Check out our Affiliate Dance page for the current stage of affiliate deals.