MIAMI -- The Marlins and New Orleans Zephyrs announced on Saturday that they agreed to a two-year extension on their player-development contract through 2014.
Marlins director of player development Brian Chattin said talks had gone on throughout the season as both sides held mutual interest, but they didn't want to finalize anything until near the end of the year.
"There's a lot to like about New Orleans," Chattin said. "The people there treat us really well, the ballpark actually plays pretty similar to [Marlins Park], so it's a natural fit in that regard, and the close proximity to the Major League team as well as our Double-A [Jacksonville] affiliate makes it real convenient for travel.
"But above all else, the people that run that organization are first-class individuals, they run a really good ship there and treat us great. We couldn't be happier."
New Orleans has been the Triple-A affiliate for the Marlins since 2009. The Zephyrs finished their season on Friday with a 73-67 record, their best since 2007.
"We had heard good things about New Orleans when we first moved there, and those all turned out to be true," Chattin said. "They take good care of our players and staff and it's a good ballpark to play in and call home."