The Twins are getting a change of their Double-A affiliate. Minnesota, which had been affiliated with New Britain since 1995, announced a four-year deal with the Chattanooga Lookouts on Wednesday.
Chattanooga, previously affiliated with the Dodgers, will team with the Twins in its first American League partnership since 1987. The Lookouts were a Seattle affiliate that season. Terry Ryan, the Twins' general manager and executive vice president, issued a statement about the new arrangement.
"Although we had a long-standing successful tenure with the New Britain Rock Cats, the Twins organization is very excited to begin this partnership and compete in the Southern League," said Ryan as part of an official press release. "We rely a great deal on our Minor League affiliates and look forward to building a relationship with the Chattanooga Lookouts. This is an important time in our growth and player development and we are confident this will strengthen those efforts."
In some ways, the Twins are going back to their roots. The Lookouts were an affiliate of the Washington Senators from 1932-59, and in 1961, the Senators became the Twins. Chattanooga won three titles as a Washington affiliate and featured future Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew for two years.
Chattanooga was affiliated with the Dodgers from 2009-14 and finished the current season as the North Division champions of the Southern League. The Twins, who boast a rich farm system full of prospects, hope to continue that success in the coming seasons with Chattanooga.
"We are excited to partner with a team that has a deep history with the Chattanooga Lookouts," said Lookouts president and general manager Rich Mozingo. "The Minnesota Twins are an upstanding organization and present an incredible opportunity for the Lookouts and the city of Chattanooga."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.