Well, one of them.
Last night during the Padres defeat of the Phillies the news came out that the Eugene Emeralds had agreed to a new player development agreement with the Chicago Cubs, ending their 14-year relationship with the Friars.
BREAKING: Eugene Emerald sign 2-year deal as affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. End 14-year relationship with San Diego.
— Steve Mims (@SteveMims_RG) September 19, 2014
So, where would the new Padres affiliate play in the Northwest League next season? The options were either Boise, the Cubs’ old affiliate, or Pasco, WA (aka Tri-Cities), formerly affiliated with the Colorado Rockies.
It is official, the Hawks and Colorado Rockies have signed a PDC…more on the big news Friday AM #gohawksgo
— Boise Hawks (@BoiseHawks) September 19, 2014
All of this followed the announcement earlier this week that the Padres had agreed to a 2-year extensions with the Fort Wayne TinCaps as the Low Single-A affiliate and the San Antonio Missions as the Double-A affiliate.
Today, the Padres announced that Tri-Cities would be their Short Season Single-A home and that the Lake Elsinore Storm had also agreed to a 2-year extension to remain the High Single-A affiliate.
Where the heck is Pasco, WA, you may be asking.
The cities of Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick make up the Tri-Cities in the Dust Devils’ name. It’s a little more than a 3-hour drive from Portland, OR to the Tri-Cities area and about a 3 ½-hour drive from Seattle, WA.
Welcome to the fold, Tri-Cities. Now get someone on the Swingin’ Dust Devil logo hat…