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Dodgers extend affiliation with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga

Julio Urias is one of the best Dodgers prospects to come through Rancho Cucamonga.
Julio Urias is one of the best Dodgers prospects to come through Rancho Cucamonga.
Steve Saenz | RC Quakes

RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- The Dodgers have renewed their player development contract with the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes through 2016, the Quakes announced on Monday.

The Dodgers have been affiliated with the Quakes since the 2011 season, and the 2014 season was the most star-studded year of the partnership with California League MVP Corey Seager at shortstop for Rancho Cucamonga for 80 games, as well as 17-year-old left-handed pitcher Julio Urias lighting up players three to five years older than him all season.

"We are very excited to be back in Rancho for another two years," Dodgers VP and head of player development De Jon Watson said in a release. "The assistance from the front office has been tremendous and I'm really happy that our players will once again be strongly supported by the community of Rancho Cucamonga."

Just 45 miles from Dodger Stadium, LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga gives the Dodgers a local affiliate for easy minor league rehabilitation assignments. In their four years with affiliated with the Quakes, 38 different major leaguers have suited up for Rancho Cucamonga.

"The partnership between the Quakes and the Dodgers has proven to be a great fit for this community," said Quakes VP and general manager Grant Riddle in a statement. "The Dodgers have been an awesome partner over the last four years and our fans have really enjoyed the many Dodger rehabbers here at LoanMart Field, as well as tracking all the former Quakes, as they make their way to Dodger Stadium."

The Dodgers had player development contracts through 2014 for their top five affiliates. The advanced Class-A Quakes and rookie-level Ogden Raptors have announced two-year extensions through 2016. Class-A Great Lakes has also reportedly re-upped with the Dodgers per JJosh Leventhal of Baseball America, though the Loons have yet to confirm this officially.

The rumored move of Triple-A to Oklahoma City, with a Dodgers-backed purchase of the RedHawks, is expected to be announced soon, with Randy Harrison of the Albuquerque Journal reporting the "divorce" between the Dodgers and the Isotopes to become official on Tuesday.

The Oklahoma City franchise will be sold by Mandalay Sports Entertainment, of which Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber is chairman and CEO. Mandalay Sports Entertainment also owns the Double-A Erie SeaWolves, but they just renewed with the Detroit Tigers.

The Dodgers have not renewed yet with Double-A Chattanooga. If they are to move, the only remaining Double-A options open are Mobile in the Southern League (currently with Diamondbacks), Tulsa in the Texas League (currently with Rockies), and New Britain in the Eastern League (currently with Twins).

"The Dodgers have given the Chattanooga Lookouts a list of four possible locations they are interested in," wrote Paul Shahen of WRCB-TV in Chattanooga. "The Lookouts are one of the four teams/locations but we're told it is very unlikely the Dodgers will return to Chattanooga."