Kansas City Royals: Affiliation Extensions with Minor League Teams
It was announced Tuesday that the Kansas City Royals extended their contract with the Lexington Legends until 2020. Then on Wednesday, they also extended their contract with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
The end of the season signifies a time when Minor League Affiliation contracts are either extended or fall by the wayside, forcing teams to find a new team to play host to their farm system. The Kansas City Royals renewed contracts with two of their minor league teams this week.
In Triple-A, the Omaha Storm Chasers were already signed on to be affiliated through 2020, as they signed a two year extension in July. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are also signed on through the 2020 season.
This week, the Kansas City Royals signed extensions with both the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Lexington Legends in order to keep them through the 2020 season as well.
In the Rookie Leagues, the Royals own the Burlington Royals, and their contract with the Idaho Falls Chukars lasts through the 2020 season as well.
The Lexington Legends are heading into the postseason in 2018 knowing they will be affiliated with the Kansas City Royals for at least two more seasons. The team is finishing up their sixth season of affiliation with the Royals.
Lexington is currently playing host to a plethora of young talent within the Royals organization, including the likes of Jackson Kowar, MJ Melendez, Nick Pratto, and Seuly Matias.
The Legends were the second half champions of the South Atlantic League Southern Division. They took care of the Rome Braves Wednesday, 3-1, heading into game two on Friday to determine who will represent the Southern Division in the Championship Series.
Wilmington Blue Rocks
The Wilmington Blue Rocks also earned an extension in their Player Development Contract, keeping the team affiliated with the Kansas City Royals through 2020. Unfortunately, the squad did not make the postseason.
The team finished in third place overall in the Northern Division of the Carolina League with a record of 68-72.