Braves reach agreement with Carolina Mudcats

ATLANTA -- The Carolina Mudcats will serve as the Braves' Class A Advanced Minor League affiliate beginning next season. This development was announced on Monday when it was revealed the Braves had reached a two-year agreement with Zebulon, N.C., the longtime home of the Mudcats.

Earlier this year, the Braves opted not to renew their contract with Lynchburg, Va., the home of their Class A Advanced affiliate since 2011.

Like the Mudcats, the Lynchburg club is part of the Carolina League. Had the Braves not reached an agreement with Zebulon, which is located approximately 30 minutes from Raleigh, N.C., they might have been force to send this affiliate to the California League. From a logistics standpoint, this is certainly a potential development they were happy to avoid.

"We are delighted to reach this agreement with the Carolina Mudcats," Braves president John Schuerholz said. "This move will allow us to continue our long-standing affiliation with the Carolina League."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.