Dodgers add Rancho Cucamonga as affiliate
Quakes to take place of Inland Empire as Class A Advanced team
The Dodgers began their affiliation with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Tuesday, announcing a two-year player-development deal with the Class A Advanced California League team.
"We feel like the move to Rancho not only brings our High A partner closer to Dodger Stadium, but is a strong fit for our organizational goals," said Dodgers assistant general manager De Jon Watson in a written statement. "We're excited to partner with Brett Sports and look forward to a long-lasting relationship."
The Quakes agreement finalizes the Dodgers' affiliates for next season, which include relationships with Triple-A Albuquerque, Double-A Chattanooga, Class A Great Lakes, Advanced Rookie-level Ogden, and Rookie-level teams in Glendale, Ariz., and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Rancho Cucamonga, located less than 50 miles from Dodger Stadium, replaces the Dodgers' previous California League team, the Inland Empire 66ers. The Quakes, previously affiliated with the Angels, have been to the playoffs each of the past two seasons and will remain in the Dodgers' system through at least the 2012 season.
"The Dodgers are one of the most prestigious teams in all of sports and we are excited to begin our partnership with them in Rancho Cucamonga," said Quakes managing partner Bobby Brett, who is part of the ownership group, along with his brother, Hall of Famer George Brett.
Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.