CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today agreed with the Iowa Cubs on a two-year Player Development Contract extension through the 2018 season. The current agreement had run through the 2016 campaign. This extension guarantees at least 38 years of partnership between the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Cubs.
"We are pleased to reach a PDC extension with Iowa," said Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President, Scouting and Player Development. "We thank Michael Gartner, Sam Bernabe and the entire Iowa Cubs family for their commitment to providing a great experience for our Triple-A players. The players who have come through Iowa speak of their positive experiences in Des Moines and appreciate their great fans, and we are thrilled to continue this long-standing partnership."
"Our long-standing relationship with the Chicago Cubs is a source of pride for our organization and our community," Iowa Cubs President/General Manager Sam Bernabe said. "We are very pleased with Chicago's commitment to their minor league system and our fans enjoy seeing the exciting young players on the field at Principal Park. This extension shows that the Cubs appreciate the work our staff does to provide a top notch facility and operation to support their players and staff members throughout the year."
The affiliation between Iowa and Chicago began in 1981 and Iowa adopted the Cubs' nickname in 1982. Of the 160 teams in Minor League Baseball, this is the eighth-longest current affiliate relationship between a major league team and a minor league club.