Indians extend contract with Columbus through '16

Indians extend contract with Columbus through '16

DETROIT -- The Indians announced a two-year extension of their player development contract with the Columbus Clippers, their Minor League Triple-A affiliate. The contract now extends through the 2016 season.

"We are pleased to extend our relationship with the Columbus Clippers, taking us through the 2016 season," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement. "The Clippers are a first-class organization that provides our players and staff with a Major League-caliber operation and facility. We look forward to continuing this unique opportunity of developing our upper-level prospects in the heart of our regional fanbase."

The Clippers have been a Triple-A affiliate since the ballclub's creation in 1977. The team has been connected to the Pirates (1977-78), Yankees (1979-2006) and Nationals (2007-08) before joining the Indians in 2009 -- the first season Huntington Park opened.

"These first four seasons of being affiliated with the Cleveland Indians in our new ballpark has exceeded expectations," Clippers president/general manager Ken Schnacke said in a statement. "The awards we have won together are a testament to how well we work together, how much our fans appreciate not only Huntington Park, but also our relationship with the Tribe.

"We are very proud to be part of the Cleveland Indians player development system and we take pride in following our players who have 'graduated' from Columbus to Cleveland."