There had been some concern in recent weeks over the future of the relationship between the Cubs and their Double-A affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. The Cubs have been tied to the Smokies — located in the Kodak/Sevierville area, not far from Knoxville and Gatlinburg — since 2007, making it the second-longest affiliate partnership in the organization behind the Iowa Cubs.
So when the player development contract between the Cubs and Smokies was not renewed, many wondered if perhaps a change was afoot. August became September, which then became October, and still there’s been no official word on a new pact. But as Bleed Cubbie Blue’s Josh Timmers wrote, there is indeed an agreement in place for a two-year extension.
A Cubs spokesperson apparently confirmed the deal and a blurb at the end of an article in the Pensacola News Journal also said as much. Focused on the search of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for a new parent club, the article ruled the Cubs as an option due to their unofficial re-upping with the Smokies.