Baltimore Orioles, Aberdeen Ironbirds Agree on Two-year Extension

Some baseball fans may not realize it, but Major League Baseball teams actually have contracts with their respective minor league affiliates, and just like contracts with players, a contract can end and the big league club can look for a different affiliate. Thankfully, that isn't the case here as the Orioles announced on Monday that they have agreed on a two-year extension on their working agreement with the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

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It didn't come as much of a surprise to me to see the Ironbirds and Orioles reach a deal. For starters, the Ironbirds are owned by the Ripken's, so it seems like a safe bet to keep an agreement going, just saying. Secondly, Aberdeen is a great spot for an affiliate, especially an Orioles' affiliate, so to see an extension agreed upon makes complete sense.

The extension goes through the 2018 season.

The Orioles have one of, if not the shortest combined mileage between their five main affiliates and the big league club of any Major League team, and that's important, both for the fans and for the Orioles.

Fans can appreciate the short distances because they have the opportunity to see all levels of Orioles' minor league baseball. If you are a fan in the Baltimore area, the only "hike" is to head down to Norfolk to see the Birds' AAA squad, and compared to most big league clubs, the drive to Norfolk is still incredibly short.

It's also good for the Orioles' because they have a lot of options when it comes to sending injured players on rehab assignments due to the close proximity of their minor league affiliates. Baltimore can simply send a player to the affiliate who is at home at the time of need, and that's important.

If you are wondering, the Orioles now have working agreements through the 2018 season with all five of their major affiliates (AAA Norfolk, AA Bowie, High-A Frederick, Low-A Delmarva, and Short-season A Aberdeen).


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