Astros won't renew contract with Lexington

Astros won't renew contract with Lexington

ST. LOUIS -- The Astros are in the market for a new Class A affiliate.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday the team won't renew its player development contract with the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League. The Astros recently extended their player development contracts with Triple-A Oklahoma City and advanced Class A Lancaster.

"It looks like they've decided to explore other options," Luhnow said of Lexington. "That's fine with us. We're going to explore our options as well."

Class A teams that are without an affiliate include Quad Cities, Kane County, Cedar Rapids, Beloit, Burlington and Peoria, all in the Midwest League. All player development contracts must be signed by Oct. 7.

"We're in the process of figuring out what our top choices are and going after it," Luhnow said.

The Astros have been affiliated with Lexington since the franchise began play in 2001.