Twins extend deal with Rochester through '14

Twins extend deal with Rochester through '14

SEATTLE -- The Twins and the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings agreed to a two-year player development contract through the 2014 season, both clubs announced Friday.

The Twins and Red Wings have been partners dating back to 2003, but their contract was scheduled to be up after this season. Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said the Twins were happy to keep their affiliation with Rochester going for at least two more years.

"We're thrilled because No. 1, it's a good baseball city. But overriding everything else, they have great ownership," Antony said. "They have good people, they treat our players extremely well, they're good to work with for us, and the facilities are good. It's a great stadium, they have good fans, so we're very happy."

The Red Wings have played better this season after finishing the last two years with 90-plus losses. They entered Friday with a 65-61 record with 18 games remaining, and have the best record in the International League, dating back to July 1, at 28-16.

"We had two terrible years the last two years, and when you have a good fan base, and good ownership, you try to do what's good for their organization, and they knew we went out and did a lot of things to try to be competitive down there this year," Antony said. "It's paid off, and even though we've had to take a lot of players up here, they've still battled through it and remained competitive. So they appreciate that. I think they like dealing with us, and we certainly feel the same way with them."