Updated 2:10 PM
It's official. The Cubs have reached an agreement with Kane County to be their low Class A affiliate. Cubs Sr. VP of Scouting Jason McLeod said,
"With Kane County, it is exciting to know we now have a Cubs affiliate right in our backyard. We look forward to successful relationships with each of these affiliates."
The Kane County Cougars are equally excited.
"We are extremely excited about our new relationship with the Chicago Cubs," said Cougars General Manager Curtis Haug. "The close proximity between both organizations will be mutually beneficial in numerous ways. We believe that the Cubs organization and their philosophies about the minor leagues, including scouting, player development, and involvement in the community, are a fantastic fit for our franchise."
The Cubs also officially re-upped with Daytona and Boise.
Nathan Baliva wrote earlier today that the Peoria Chiefs have signed up with the St. Louis Cardinals, a team they were once affiliated with for 10 years (1995-2004).
It's a tough loss for many Cubs fans in Peoria. Having spent 4 years there, I can say that there are a lot of good Cubs fans down there and in my most recent trip to Peoria, I was extremely impressed with O'Brien Field. For the Cubs to leave that situation must mean that they believe they can gain an advantage by relocating.
The badly kept secret has been that they'd like to move to Kane County. There are certainly some geographic advantages. Geneva, the town in which the Cougars currently play, is just 40 miles west of Chicago. For the Cubs, it means that they can make more frequent trips there and keep an eye on their top prospects, as well as MLB players on rehab assignment.
The Cubs low class A team is expected to take on a prospect laden team that will include 2012 first round pick Albert Almora and fan favorite Dan Vogelbach.
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