The New Hampshire Fisher Cats have extended their player development contract with the Blue Jays to 2014. There was previous speculation about how Ottawa was going to get a team for 2013 (most likely Binghamton) and they would push to be a Blue Jays affiliate. With this announcement, the latter won’t happen next year, and it seems less likely now that the former will occur either. I think there’s a high likelihood of Ottawa getting a minor league team again, but when is unclear.
Also with this announcement, I think there’s a fairly good chance that this September will be a repeat of that in 2010 where none of the AA teams change affiliations. I could see the Brewers trying to explore some other options, but it appears that things may have settled out at that level.
And that picture above, it’s Kyle Drabek pitching for the Fisher Cats from my visit in 2010.
For AA, currently there are 11 of 30 PDCs that expire at the end of 2012.