Dodgers extend trio of affiliate agreements

DENVER -- The Dodgers signed two-year extentions to the affiliation agreements with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Double-A Tulsa and Class A Great Lakes through the 2018 season, director of player development Gabe Kapler announced on Wednesday.

"We are excited to see our relationship with these great franchises continue to blossom and are especially grateful for the leaders we've gotten to work with at each affiliate, as they have been an integral part of our development of the young men in the Dodgers organization," said Kapler. "We are honored to participate in this process with each partner and know we will continue to see strong returns from these relationships."

"Our partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers has been better than we ever imagined," said OKC Dodgers president/general manager Michael Byrnes. "We have had an incredible string of success both on and off the field, and we're looking forward to continuing it through the 2018 season."

"The Drillers are pleased to be able to continue our affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers," said Tulsa co-chairman Dale Hubbard. "The Dodgers are one of the most recognizable and most famous brands in the game of baseball, and we value having Tulsa partner with such an iconic team. The Dodgers and player development director Gabe Kapler have shown a commitment to build a strong Minor League system, and we look forward to a successful partnership that will bring an exciting and successful team to the baseball fans of Tulsa."

"Through the first 10 years of Loons baseball, the Dodgers have sent 43 future Major League players to the Great Lakes Bay Region and helped to build many lasting memories for our fans," said Great Lakes Loons general manager Scott Litle. "We value our long-term relationship and are looking forward to the next two seasons of developing the Dodgers' next great players."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.