Last winter, the Washington Nationals announced four-year extensions of their Player Development Contracts (PDC) with the Triple-Syracuse Chiefs in December and Double-A Harrisburg Senators in January.
"'This is the first PDC that we have signed with an affiliate in excess of two years and it speaks to how much the Nationals organization values the Chiefs and the Syracuse community,' Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo said in a press release. "'In a sports-centric town like Syracuse, the Chiefs are a community pillar and we are proud to be aligned with both the town and the team.'"
Talking about the extension with the Harrisburg Senators, which continued a 20-year partnership between the two franchises, Rizzo said, "'Harrisburg is an Eastern League gem, and we are proud to continue our association with a team, and a town, that have such rich baseball histories.
"'From a baseball standpoint, the Senators have served as a fantastic breeding ground for some of our organization's most talented players, and helped launch the Major League careers of many. The Senators connection in our clubhouse runs deep.'"
In the last two days, the Nationals announced two more PDCs with two other minor league affiliates, the Auburn Doubledays of the New York/Penn League and the South Atlantic League's Hagerstown Suns.
"'We are proud to continue our association with the Auburn Doubledays,'" Rizzo said in a press release on Thursday. "'They have been a quality partner of ours for several years now and we look forward to our ongoing partnership.'"
The Nationals' partnership with the Doubledays began in 2010, when they teamed up with the franchise which was formed in 1957.
The Hagerstown Suns have played in the South Atlantic League since 1992, and have been affiliated with the Nationals since 2007 when the Nats ended their relationship with the Savannah Sand Gnats.
"'We are happy to extend our Player Development Contract with the Hagerstown Suns, continuing our seven-plus year relationship with them,'" Rizzo said in a press release today.
"'Some of the organization’s brightest talents have spent significant time learning the game with Hagerstown, before advancing further through our system. We’re glad to continue our working relationship.'"