It's official! Cubs reach agreement with Kane County

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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  • Wayne Randazzo is Kane County's radio/online guy. Is he okay?

  • In reply to tim815:

    He sounds pretty knowledgeable but I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Wayne. I'd gotten to know Nate Baliva, the Chiefs guy, and he's a good guy, well-inormed, and very accessible. I hope Wayne is the same way.

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    It's a logical move. I'm surprised previous Cubs regimes never went that direction.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Previous Cubs regimes never had a direction.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    The old regime had built up a good relationship with Peoria and it's a pretty nice place there, good fan base, and not too far either. The only place better than Peoria is Kane -- so it's not like the Cubs were in a bad spot.

    At any rate, as someone who lives about 35 miles away, I'm ecstatic!

  • Besides the development of Rizzo and seeing the Cubs stick to their rebuilding plan, this is the best thing to happen this year. Can't wait to go out to Kane County next season.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    The stadium is also a great place to pick up single mom's!

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    I suppose then the name should be changed from Elfstrom Stadium to Cougar stadium?

    Apologies to the female readers...That joke was just too easy.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    Agreed! There's a good chance I wind up at more minor league games than MLB games next year. It was pretty close to 50/50 this year as it was.

    Minor league games are an entirely different experience. It's still baseball, but cost, accessibility, and personally I really ilke the opportunity to learn so much more about the game.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I agree John. Don't get me wrong, I love going to Wrigley and one of these summers will venture out on a quest to go to all 30 MLB parks that I have not yet enjoyed. But day in day out, I'd rather be at a minor league game. I love HS & College games too.

    So Kane County is the MILF hotspot, eh?... Sounds like I'll be making a road trip or two vs waiting for them to come to South Bend....

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Ha! It is according to Cubs Talk. Actually when I was at the game, a player named Ryan Cuneo spent almost the entire game popping his head out of the dugout and scanning the crowd.

  • Baseball America had an article of an investigation on the Cubs about this deal. Seems some other club called the MLB office and complained that the deal was talked about before a certain date.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Yes, that's been the speculation and it wouldn't surprise me at all if it's true. It will probably result in some fines but I think it still gets done.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    It could also be over looked much like the Jorge Soler signing.... As I recall, that was widely reported before it was a "done deal".

  • John, it keeps getting worse for us central Illinois cubs fans! Lol on the positive side, Kane county comes to play Peoria and I for sure will be there watching the cubs prospects! Maybe the chiefs will have another albert pulols to watch as well.

  • In reply to Joshnk24:

    Our situations will be reversed! I used to go to Kane every time Peoria came to town.

    I still like going to Peoria. Maybe I'll go to a game or two when the Cubs visit O'Brien Field again.

  • It also looks like Daytona was renewed, along with a vote on stadium improvements on the Daytona City Council docket today.
    Good news for Florida Cubs' fans.

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    After last season, I suppose it's unreasonable to assume the improvements include a roof.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    Doubt it, but how about a Bobblehead Night for former MLB catcher Phil Roof ?

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  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    That is good news. Weather was a fluke this year. I like the FSL. It presents a real challlenge for hitters before making the jump to AA.

  • The Cougars are a well-branded team in every way. I'll be first in line for an Almora jersey.

  • In reply to elusivekarp:

    Not if I get there first :)

  • So does this mean they will play some games at Wrigley while the Cubs are on the road?

  • In reply to SFToby:

    I don't think so. That's an interesting idea, though. They should have the MWL All-Star game there.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Ricketts is looking for other uses for Wrigley. This would be ideal against another team local to the area, like the Chiefs. If it were scheduled after a Cardinal series that concluded a home stand, the big league fans could stay an extra day or two.

    I agree about the all star game.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    I have no problem with the owner of Wrigley Field using it for events other than Cub games, as long as the field itself doesn't get damaged.

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