White Sox extend top affiliate Charlotte

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- While the Chicago White Sox's major league roster might be in flux, the lineup of minor league affiliates will remain relatively stable.

The team announced Tuesday that they have reached a six-year player development extension with Triple-A Charlotte, while four-year extensions will go to Class A Kannapolis and Advanced Rookie League Great Falls.

The White Sox’s top four affiliates will continue to be Charlotte, Double-A Birmingham, Class A Winston-Salem and Kannapolis.

The only significant change is that the White Sox will no longer operate an affiliate at Bristol, Va. Instead of having a team in the Appalachian League, the White Sox will now have a lower-level club in Arizona.

Charlotte is set to open a new $54 million downtown ballpark for the 2014 season. Birmingham’s new $60 million ballpark opened in 2013.

“It’s really important that we keep that continuity,” White Sox vice president/assistant general manager Buddy Bell said. “All our facilities are great and the logistics of it works out really well for us. It’s important to keep that together and we’re excited about all of it.”