Legends to affiliate with Kansas City Royals

Lexington KY – For the first time in its existence the Lexington Legends Minor League Baseball team will have a new parent club.

It will be announced at a press conference this morning at Whitaker Bank Ballpark that the Legends will be an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals beginning with the 2013 season. The two organizations came to an agreement on a player development contract earlier this week that will run through the 2016 season. Lexington will continue to play in the low Class A South Atlanta League.

“We greatly appreciate the Astros organization, all of their hard work and support during the first 12 years of our organization,” said Legends general manager Seth Poteat. “But in every life cycle change is inevitable. We just felt it was time for a change and we’re thrilled to be part of the Kansas City Royals organization and are really looking forward to the next four years and beyond.”

The Astros and Legends decided earlier this month to not renew their deal, ending a relationship that had Houston serving as the only parent club Lexington had known. The Astros recently extended their deals with their Triple-A team in Oklahoma City, Okla., as well as their advanced Class A affiliate in Lancaster, Calif. The Astros and Legends opted to go separate ways, however, when it came time to extend their annual agreement for a 13th year.

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