CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today agreed with Myrtle Beach (S.C.) on a new Player Development Contract to move the club's Class A Advanced affiliate to the Carolina League. The contract runs through the 2016 season.
"We are excited to reach an agreement with Myrtle Beach and begin working with Chairman Chuck Greenberg and General Manager and Vice President Andy Milovich," said Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President, Scouting and Player Development. "Myrtle Beach is a well-respected franchise that will serve as a beneficial destination for our young players. We look forward to developing a successful relationship with the franchise and community."
"We would also like to thank Daytona for the organization's dedication and professionalism in the past 22 seasons," McLeod said. "We appreciate all their efforts and have the utmost respect for Andy Rayburn, Josh Lawther and the entire Daytona front office."
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans have made eight post-season appearances in their 16-season history, including each of the last four seasons as an affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Myrtle Beach joined the Carolina League in 1999 as an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, a partnership that would continue through the 2010 season, prior to joining the Rangers in 2011.
"The Cubs are an iconic national brand," said Pelicans General Manager and Vice President Andy Milovich. "The success of our business is determined by fan interest, the quality of baseball and the impact on Myrtle Beach from a tourism perspective. In each of these instances, the Chicago Cubs clearly offered the most upside. The Cubs strengthen the Pelicans brand in a way that few, if any, other major league franchises could. Cubs fans can now visit their future stars in one of the iconic vacation destination spots in the U.S."