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09/03/08 10:45 PM ET
Padres re-up with Double-A San Antonio
Missions' return marks fifth and final extension with affiliates
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- By extending their player-development agreement with Double-A San Antonio on Tuesday, the Padres made a clean sweep of continuing their working relationship with their top five Minor League teams. Within the last month, the Padres have extended their player-development contracts with Class A Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne, short-season Eugene and Triple-A Portland. The deal with San Antonio made it 5-for-5. The deal with San Antonio will keep the Padres' Double-A affiliate in San Antonio through the 2010 season. "After two successful years, one Texas League championship and a team currently trying to repeat, the Padres are excited to make another two-year commitment with the San Antonio Missions," San Diego vice president of scouting and player development Grady Fuson said. "We are pleased that over the last two seasons they have helped create a path to the Major Leagues which has already produced eight players on the current big league team." In two years as a Padres affiliate, the club has gone 148-131, claiming the 2007 Texas League championship in its first year with San Diego. The Missions have posted a 75-65 record in 2008, earning a playoff berth and a chance to repeat as league champions. In two seasons, the Padres have seen nine former Missions make their Major League debuts, including pitchers Josh Geer and Dirk Hayhurst, infielders Matt Antonelli and Sean Kazmar, catchers Nick Hundley and Colt Morton, and outfielders Chase Headley, Drew Macias and Will Venable. Left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc made his Major League debut on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, becoming the 10th former Mission to debut with the Padres. "It's been a tremendously successful first two years, and I am pleased that we have extended our relationship for another two years," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. "Burl Yarbrough and his staff have been great to work with, and we are proud that they are a part of the San Diego Padres organization."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.