Padres finalize player development contracts

Club extends deal with Lake Elsinore and inks new agreement with Tri-Cities

Padres finalize player development contracts

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres finalized their two remaining player development contracts for their Minor League affiliates on Friday. San Diego extended its agreement with Class A Lake Elsinore through 2016 and announced that the club has signed a new PDC with Tri-Cities of the short-season Northwest League through '16.

The Padres' Northwest League affiliate had been playing in Eugene, Ore., since 2001. They have had their California League affiliate in Lake Elsinore -- about one hour north of San Diego -- since 2001.

"Having our [Class A] affiliate so close to San Diego has proven to be a huge asset to both our player development staff and also to our fans, who have the opportunity to visit The Diamond and see our future Major Leaguers in action," said Padres general manager A.J. Preller in a statement.

"[Lake Elsinore owner] Gary Jacobs and [owner/president] Dave Oster run one of the finest organizations in Minor League Baseball. We are excited to continue our relationship with the Storm."

The Padres' 14-year partnership has been highlighted by a pair of league championships in 2001 and '11, as well as four division titles ('01, '05, '07 and '11). The Storm have reached the playoffs nine times in the past 10 seasons.

As for Tri-Cities, which will play its games in Pasco, Wash., the Dust Devils had been affiliated with the Rockies since their inception in 2001. San Diego previously headquartered its short-season operations there from 1970-72 with the Tri-City Padres.

During the Padres' original three-year stint in the Tri-Cities, the club produced 15 future Major Leaguers, including 1976 Cy Young Award winner and Padres Hall of Famer Randy Jones, who made his professional debut with the club during the '72 season.

Previously, San Diego extended its PDCs with Triple-A El Paso, Double-A San Antonio and Class A Fort Wayne.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.