Red Sox, Lowell extend player development deal through '16

New York-Penn League club has been affiliated with Boston since 1996

Red Sox, Lowell extend player development deal through '16

The Red Sox agreed to extend their player development contract with the short-season Class A Lowell Spinners for two more years through the 2016 season, both clubs announced Thursday. Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett, Spinners owner Drew Weber and president/general manager Tim Bawmann made the announcement.

The Red Sox originally entered into an agreement with the Spinners when the franchise moved from Elmira, N.Y., to Lowell, Mass., prior to the 1996 season. They play in the New York-Penn League, with their home games at Edward A. LeLacheur Park, which was built in '98.

"Drew Weber, Tim Bawmann, and the entire Lowell Spinners organization provide an excellent introduction to the Red Sox and professional baseball for our Minor League players," Crockett said. "We are thrilled to continue this partnership with the Spinners and the City of Lowell into its 20th season and beyond."

The Red Sox last extended their PDC with the Spinners in January 2012, but it expired after this season.

"Affiliations are true partnerships, and there is no better partner to have than the Boston Red Sox," said Bawmann. "We are very excited to continue our partnership and continue to work with the outstanding staff, from the ownership group to the highly talented baseball operations staff. We look forward to seeing the next wave of Red Sox stars here in Lowell."

Former Spinners currently with the Red Sox include Mookie Betts, Clay Buchholz, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Garin Cecchini and Christian Vazquez.

Lowell is one of Boston's six domestic Minor League affiliates, joining Triple-A Pawtucket (International League), Double-A Portland (Eastern League), Class A Salem (Carolina League), Class A Greenville (South Atlantic League) and Rookie Gulf Coast Red Sox (Gulf Coast League).

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.