Blue Jays extend contract with Class A Lansing

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays and the Lansing Lugnuts officially announced a two-year extension of their player-development contract on Tuesday afternoon.

Lansing has been the home of Toronto's low Class A affiliation since 2005. The new agreement means the two sides will continue working together through the 2016 season.

"This is terrific news for the city of Lansing," Lansing Lugnuts co-owner Tom Dickson said in a statement. "The Toronto Blue Jays consistently provide high-character, high-ceiling baseball players. After watching the rapid ascent of Daniel Norris, Dalton Pompey and Kendall Graveman from the Lugnuts to the Blue Jays in just one year, we are excited to see who follows in their footsteps."

The Lugnuts, who will celebrate 20 years in Lansing next season, previously won Midwest League titles in 1997 and 2003. The club has featured 49 Midwest League All-Stars, more than 700 victories, five playoff berths and 27 Major Leaguers.

Gregor Chisholm has been covering the Blue Jays for since 2011.

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