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downloadThe Stockton Ports and San Jose Giants will continue to be affiliated with their big-league organizations through the 2020 season as both clubs announced Player Development Contract extensions.

On April 4th, San Jose agreed to an extension with the San Francisco Giants, continuing a relationship that dates back to 1988.

StocktonStockton did the same yesterday, extending their agreement with the Oakland A’s. The Ports have been an A’s affiliate since 2005.

Many of the Cal League teams are in the final years of their PDCs, as can be seen on BallparkDigest.com’s Affiliate Dance 2016 page. The stickiest situation is probably High Desert, which is embroiled in a dispute with the city of Adelanto.  the city is attempting to have the Mavericks evicted from Stater Bros. Stadium, but the legal process has been stalled at this point.

There is a lot to the High Desert/Adelanto story and you can follow it at the Victorville Daily Press local sports section HERE.

No such drama in Stockton and San Jose. Those harmonious situations are set to go to the next decade.


BlazeWith the Reds moving out of Bakersfield for Daytona, the Seattle Mariners are moving back in to a place they called home in 1982 and 1983. On Friday, the Blaze and Mariners announced an agreement on a Player Development Contract that runs through the 2016 season.

With the move, High Desert is now the only Cal League team without a PDC. The Mariners move from Adelanto to Bakersfield, while the remaining major league clubs looking for High A affiliations are the Rangers and Braves. The Carolina Mudcats will get one of the, HD will get the other.

AFFILIATE DANCE: 2014 – BallparkDigest.com


There are just three High A teams that don’t have Player Development Contracts at this point and two of them are in the California League. The Bakersfield Blaze and High Desert Mavericks are joined by the Carolina Indians Mudcats of the Carolina league as the shuffling nears its conclusion. The Reds have moved on from Bakersfield to Daytona of the Florida State League.

On the MLB side, the Mariners didn’t extend their PDC with High Desert and the Rangers and Braves are still looking for High A homes. (The Rangers were affiliated with Bakersfield from 2005-2010).

Here’s where look at where everybody stands as of tonight:

Club 2014 Org 2015 Org Expires Extended
Bakersfield Reds ? ? ?
High Desert Mariners ? ? ?
Inland Empire Angels Angels 2016 12/6/2013
Lake Elsinore Padres Padres 2016 9/16/2014
Lancaster Astros Astros 2016 8/28/2014
Modesto Rockies Rockies 2016 9/12/2014
Rancho   Cucamonga Dodgers Dodgers 2016 9/16/2014
San Jose Giants Giants Never Owned by SF Giants
Stockton A’s A’s 2016 8/20/2013
Visalia D-Backs D-Backs 2016 6/13/2012

And beyond 2015, there are reports that the ownership of the Bakersfield Blaze is looking to Salinas as a possible future home:

SALINAS HAS EYES ON BAKERSFIELD’S BLAZE – by Zach Ewing/Bakersfield Californian


Last Thursday was the last date for teams to notify MiLB if they intend to terminate a player development contract. From Sept. 12-15th, teams were notified which affiliations are open.

Now, from September 16th through October 7th, teams can negotiate new PDC’s and the game of musical chairs is on.

In the California League, only two teams are not renewed at this time: High Desert (Mariners) and Bakersfield (Reds). The rest of the teams are in agreements through 2016, except for San Jose, which is owned by the parent club.

So, what happens if October 7th comes and goes and there are still teams out there seeking affiliation? MLB and MiLB will step in and pair up whoever is still on the table.

There are numerous places where you can follow along, here are a few that I watch: