Yanks to add affiliate in Appalachian League

NEW YORK -- The Yankees have agreed to add a Rookie-level affiliate in the Appalachian League next season, with preparations underway to field a club in Pulaski, Va.

The Pulaski Yankees will begin play as the organization's 10th Minor League affiliate in 2015, providing players with a more advanced Rookie-level experience than the Gulf Coast League. The Pulaski club had previously been affiliated with the Mariners.

"We are excited to add an Appalachian League team to our affiliation," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement. "Obviously baseball is our business, and in that business you try to find the best ways to develop your talents."

The team will play at Calfee Park, which opened in 1935 and is currently undergoing a reported $3 million in renovations to prepare for the Yankees' arrival.

"We are very excited to welcome back the Yankees as part of the Appalachian League," said David Hagan, co-owner of Calfee Park Baseball. "With many renovations at Calfee Park underway, we couldn't ask for a better team to help promote the park."

The length of the contract between the Yankees and Calfee Park Baseball is being negotiated. Cashman said at a news event in Pulaski that the Yankees are deciding whether to shut down one of their two Gulf Coast League teams for the 2015 season.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.