The every other year tradition of the minor league affiliate shuffle is well underway. The Texas Rangers today announced the extensions of their Player Development Contracts with three of the organizationâ€™s minor league affiliates.
The Rangers and the Double A Frisco RoughRiders have agreed to a four-year extension through the 2014 season, and Texas has extended its affiliations with the Low A Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League and the Short Season A Spokane Indians of the Northwest League for two years each through 2012.
â€śThe Rangers are very pleased to be able to continue our relationships with Frisco, Hickory, and Spokane,â€ť commented the clubâ€™s Senior Director of Player Development Scott Servais. â€śThe efforts of everyone at those three clubs have helped play into the organizationâ€™s success over the last several years. We are happy to be going back.â€ť
The Rangers have been associated with Frisco since 2003, when the franchise was relocated from Shreveport. The RoughRiders captured the Texas Leagueâ€™s First Half South Division title in 2010 to earn their fifth playoff berth in eight seasons as a Rangers affiliate, including a league championship in 2004.
Texas is completing its second year in Hickory with the Crawdads currently in contention for a 2010 playoff berth. The affiliation marks the first time that the Rangers have had a club in the South Atlantic League since 2002.
The Rangersâ€™ affiliation in Spokane also began in 2003. In that span, the Indians have won Northwest League titles in 2003, 2005, and 2008, and have qualified for the playoffs again this season with a First Half East Division crown.
Source: Texas Rangers
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