A look at how major league/Triple-A affiliate contracts work

Major League Baseball teams usually sign two- or four-year deals called Player Development Contracts (PDC) with minor league teams. Contracts can only be up for renewal in even-numbered years.
by Michael Baldwin Published: September 15, 2013
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Major League Baseball teams usually sign two- or four-year deals called Player Development Contracts (PDC) with minor league teams. Contracts can only be up for renewal in even numbered years.

Twelve of the 16 teams in the Pacific Coast League, including Oklahoma City, have contracts expiring next September (2014).

Four teams signed through 2016 include: Omaha (Kansas City); Iowa (Chicago Cubs) and Reno (Arizona). Round Rock has five years left on a deal with the Texas Rangers that runs through 2018.

Most expiring contracts are rubber-stamp deals where both sides re-up for another two or four years. But on occasion there is movement, as RedHawks fans experienced when the Rangers moved their Triple-A team to Round Rock three years ago after a 28-year run in Oklahoma City.

Major league officials and minor league teams are prohibited from discussing future deals. A 10-day window in mid-September in even-numbered years is when expiring deals officially are discussed.


by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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