Affiliate Shuffle: Cubs High-A to Myrtle Beach? Kane County Uncertain, Martarano, More

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Affiliate Shuffle: Cubs High-A to Myrtle Beach? Kane County Uncertain, Martarano, More

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cubs azl spring training logoThe two-week period to negotiate new player development contracts (PDCs) between big league teams and minor league affiliates opens today. Three of the Cubs’ current PDCs have expired – Daytona (High-A), Kane County (full-season Low-A), and Boise (short-season Low-A) – and it’s possible that all three could change for the Cubs next season.

Here’s the latest …

  • There are two reports suggesting that the Cubs could look to move their High-A affiliation from Daytona in the Florida State League to Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League. First, the Daytona Beach News-Journal indicates that Myrtle Beach may be hoping to pitch the Cubs using something of a personal connection: the team’s owner is the father of Jeff Greenberg, who works in the Cubs’ baseball operations department. Second, Mark Gonzales cites a source indicating the Cubs could be interested in Myrtle Beach. While we can’t say it’s a lock that the Cubs leave Daytona at this point, there’s a whole love of very specific smoke.
  • As we discussed yesterday, the impetus to leave Daytona may have less to do with Daytona and more with getting out of the Florida State League (rainouts aplenty) entirely. If the Cubs do wind up taking their affiliation to Myrtle Beach, there are two considerations: (1) Can I plan a hybrid beach/baseball family vacation there? and (2) Will the team be named the Cubs or the, as presently, Pelicans?
  • Chicago to Daytona is 950 miles, as the crow flies. Chicago to Myrtle beach is about 750 miles, for whatever little that’s worth.
  • In an awkward twist, at the very time that the team is up in the air about its future big league affiliate, the Kane County Cougars were at Wrigley Field last night to celebrate their Midwest League championship.
  • According to the Daily Herald, there’s “no doubt” that the Cougars want to stay affiliated with the Cubs (we knew as much back when they announced ballpark improvements that they said were being done to the Cubs’ specifications – now we know why they said it like that). But, as this KC Chronicle piece indicates, the Cougars are completely in the dark as to whether the Cubs will be sticking with them.
  • South Bend may be interested in snagging the Cubs’ full-season Low-A affiliation, as we discussed yesterday.
  • An interesting side question if the Cubs do wind up leaving Boise, which seems likely: will Boise State football player Joe Martarano, who signed with the Cubs this Summer because of the chance to play baseball where he was already playing football, still play baseball if the Cubs move? There’s no answer just yet, but, assuming Martarano was any good as baseball, odds were strong that he was going to have to move up soon anyway.

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.