For the Dodgers, that meant leaving Albuquerque for Oklahoma City, which was recently purchased by an ownership group that includes the Dodgers. L.A. also moved its Double-A team from Chattanooga to Tulsa, concentrating its upper-level Minor Leaguers in the Sooner State.
The Cubs said goodbye to a longtime affiliate, moving their Class A Advanced team from Daytona, where it had been based for 22 years, to Myrtle Beach. In the Midwest League, the Cubs moved their Class A team from Kane County, about an hour and a half west of Wrigley Field, to South Bend, about two and a half hours east of the friendly confines. The Cubs also announced on Friday that they would move the club's Class A Short-Season Northwest League affiliate from Boise to Eugene, reuniting the two organizations, as Eugene was previously a Cubs affiliate in the 1999-2000 seasons.
With a finite number of Minor League teams, one affiliation change leads to another. When the Cubs decided to leave Daytona, the Reds were happy to move their Class A Advanced team across the country from Bakersfield to Daytona. And with the Giants moving their Triple-A team from Fresno to Sacramento, the A's moved on to Nashville, where the Sounds will open a new downtown ballpark next season.
The player development contracts being negotiated between Major League clubs and the Minor League affiliates typically last two or four years. Teams had until Sept. 11 to renew contracts set to expire this year.
Several affiliations remain open, ranging from Double-A all the way to short-season. This list will be updated with the latest moves as they are announced.
Class A: Changed from South Bend to Kane County
Class A Advanced: Changed from Lynchburg to Carolina
Class A Advanced: Changed from Daytona to Myrtle Beach
Class A: Changed from Kane County to South Bend
Class A Short-Season: Changed from Boise to Eugene
Class A Advanced: Changed from Bakersfield to Daytona
Class A Advanced: Changed from Carolina to Lynchburg
Triple-A: Changed from Colorado Springs to Albuquerque
Double-A: Changed from Tulsa to New Britain
Class A Short-Season: Changed from Tri-City to Boise
Triple-A: Changed from Oklahoma City to Fresno
Los Angeles Dodgers
Triple-A: Changed from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City
Double-A: Changed from Chattanooga to Tulsa
Triple-A: Changed from Nashville to Colorado Springs
Double-A: Changed from New Britain to Chattanooga
New York Yankees
Rookie-level: Added Pulaski in the Appalachian League
Triple-A: Changed from Sacramento to Nashville
San Diego Padres
Class A Short-Season: Changed from Eugene to Tri-City
San Francisco Giants
Triple-A: Changed from Fresno to Sacramento
Class A Advanced: Changed from High Desert to Bakersfield
Rookie-level: Changed from Pulaski to TBD
Class A Advanced: Changed from Frisco to High Desert