Marlins relocate to Triple-A New Orleans

Franchise inks player development contract, acquires Zephyrs

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By Jeff Wallner / Special to MLB.com | September 22, 2008 2:40 PM

CINCINNATI -- The Marlins made it official Monday. Beginning next season, their Triple-A affiliate will be located in New Orleans.

The Marlins have signed a player development contract with the New Orleans Zephyrs through 2010, relocating their Triple-A affiliate from Albuquerque.

The announcement was made by Jim Fleming, the Marlins vice president of player development and scouting, and assistant general manager.

"The Florida Marlins are very pleased to begin an affiliation with the New Orleans Zephyrs," said Fleming in a statement. "The Zephyrs are a quality Triple-A organization whose leadership, facility and commitment to the community will serve our players and staff well."

The Marlins were affiliated with the Albuquerque Isotopes from 2003-08, while the Zephyrs were affiliated with the New York Mets from 2007-08.

In 2008, the Marlins' Triple-A team was 68-75, finishing second in the American South division of the Pacific Coast League. The team featured Minor League home run champion Dallas McPherson, who led all of Minor League Baseball with 42 home runs.

"We are excited to begin this new partnership with New Orleans," Fleming said. "We look forward to a successful future together."

Jeff Wallner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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