C's, Blue Jays Extend Player Development Contract

Canadians owner Jake Kerr announces extension through 2018

Toronto Blue Jays General Manager Ross Atkins was on hand in Vancouver to help announce the extension of a relationship with the Canadians through 2018. (Preston Emerson)

By Rob Fai / Vancouver Canadians | January 30, 2016 3:56 PM

(Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium - Vancouver, B.C.) - The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club has announced a Player Development Contract extension with the Toronto Blue Jays through the 2018 season.

The announcement came as part of the 6th Annual Scotiabank Vancouver Canadians Hot Stove Luncheon held earlier in the day at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

"We have seen a number of Toronto's top prospects over the years and we look forward to further helping in their development. The Canadians relationship with the Blue Jays remains as strong as ever and we appreciate the quality of young men they have sent to represent our city and organization," states Jake Kerr, Managing General Partner, Vancouver Canadians.

In 2015, the Vancouver Canadians set a franchise attendance record of 215,595 fans out to historic Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.

"The Canadians provide a great culture for our young athletes to develop, as both people and baseball players. We look forward to working with the Canadians for many years to come," added Toronto Blue Jays Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations and General Manager Ross Atkins.

About the Vancouver Canadians & Toronto Blue Jays Player Development

The Vancouver Canadians affiliation with the Toronto Blue Jays began in 2011, leading to four straight North Division pennants and three consecutive Northwest League Championships (2011-2013). The Blue Jays captured the 2015 American League East pennant with seven (7) former Vancouver Canadians on its roster over the course of the season including Dalton Pompey, Kevin Pillar, Aaron Sanchez, Bo Schultz, Roberto Osuna, Marcus Stroman and Miguel Castro.

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This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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