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The Cubs’ Double-A affiliate will remain in Tennessee through 2020

Still no announcement, but the Cubs have confirmed that they are staying with the Smokies.

The affiliation shuffle, where major league teams chose who will host their minor league players for the upcoming season, has been over for almost a week now. And still, we have no official announcement of a renewal a the player development contract (PDC) between the Cubs and their Double-A affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. However, a Cubs spokesperson has confirmed that the Cubs and the Smokies have renewed their affiliation through the 2020 season. This matches up with a report in the Pensacola News Journal earlier this week that the Cubs and the Smokies had renewed their agreement and just never announced it.

It is clearly good news that the Cubs Double-A affiliate is staying in Tennessee for two more seasons. The Smokies have the second-longest relationship with the Cubs, dating back to 2007. The alternatives to Tennessee included a return to the Texas League, where the Cubs have not had an affiliate since 1984.

But it is curious that the Cubs and Smokies renewed this agreement and didn’t tell anyone. Usually these things are announced with a big press conference or at …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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