• The Cubs may move their Class A affiliate next season from Peoria to Kane County, and officials said Tuesday they will make an announcement once the Minor League season ends.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday the Cubs are in the process of working out a player development agreement with the Kane County Cougars, which would move their Midwest League affiliate closer to Chicago. Instead of the current three-hour drive to Peoria, the Class A team would be about a one-hour drive.
Cubs player development director Jason McLeod said Tuesday the team will have no comment about the Minor League teams until the season is over. The Peoria Chiefs' season ends Sept. 3 at Kane County.
In 1985, the Peoria Chiefs became a member of the Cubs' farm system, and featured players such as Greg Maddux, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark Grace and Joe Girardi. The affiliation with the Cubs lasted until 1994, when the Chicago team moved its Class A squad to Rockford. In mid-September 2004, the Chiefs announced they were joining the Cubs again, beginning with the 2005 season.
The Cubs have development agreements with Triple-A Iowa through 2016, with Double-A Tennessee through 2014, and with Class A Daytona, Peoria and Class A Boise through this season.
• To make room on the 25-man roster for pitchers Alex Hinshaw and Chris Rusin, who made his Major League debut on Tuesday, the Cubs optioned pitcher Jeff Beliveau and infielder Adrian Cardenas to Triple-A Iowa.
Beliveau had a 3.18 ERA, giving up four earned runs over 11 1/3 innings in 11 appearances. Cardenas was batting .234 with six doubles and two RBIs in 32 games.
Both were expected back with the big league team Sept. 1 when rosters expand.