(CBS) What had been speculated for almost a month became official Wednesday when the Cubs officially announced they will move their Single-A affiliate to Kane County, ending their relationship with the Peoria Chiefs.
“We are pleased to reach agreement with Daytona, Kane County and Boise,” said Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President, Scouting and Player Development. “The players who have come through Daytona and Boise have spoken highly of those cities and their fans. With Kane County, it is exciting to know we now have a Cubs affiliate right in our backyard. We look forward to successful relationships with each of these affiliates.”
The Kane County Cougars recently finished their 22nd season.
“We are extremely excited about our new relationship with the Chicago Cubs,” said Cougars General Manager Curtis Haug. “The close proximity between both organizations will be mutually beneficial in numerous ways. We believe that the Cubs organization and their philosophies about the minor leagues, including scouting, player development, and involvement in the community, are a fantastic fit for our franchise.”