CHICAGO – While announcing an affiliation change at the high Class A level of minor league baseball, Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein said the organization is still unsure if it will return to Kane County with its low Class A team.
“They’re making a push to do some things,” Epstein said. “We’re looking around at the best fit for development purposes. Big part of that is facility. Location is big, so is facility.”
The Kane County Cougars won the Midwest League championship over the weekend, but that didn’t stop the Cubs from officially cutting ties with them, though they still can sign a new agreement after exploring other opportunities. Kane County issued a press release recently that said they were upgrading their facilities with the Cubs in mind. It remains to be seen if those changes are enough for the Cubs to return.
“Sometimes it can get sticky, but we have to do what’s best for our players,” Epstein said.
Meanwhile, the Cubs officially moved their High A team from Daytona to Myrtle Beach.
“We had a lot of weather issues,” Epstein said of Daytona. “That was the crux of it for us.”
Rain delays and cancellations were the norm in Daytona. The switch means the team will move from the Florida State League to the Carolina League, a move Epstein thinks is better for the organization.
“Myrtle is the type of franchise you jump to get in there,” he said. “They were looking for a team with a national brand for them. Carolina league is the best High A league for developmental purposes.”
The Cubs also cut ties with their short season A-ball team in Boise. Epstein wasn’t sure when an announcement would come on the two teams looking for new homes.