HOUSTON -- Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan flew to Iowa on Tuesday morning to sign a player development contract to keep the team's Class A affiliate at Quad Cities for two more years.
Ryan made the announcement at a news conference in Davenport, Iowa.
"Our guys are very happy with the relationship that we have throughout our system, and our goal is to continue to build the relationships at Quad Cities and hopefully [short-season] Tri-City and [Class A] Lancaster, and we think we have three of the best spots in all of baseball with good operations," Ryan said on Monday. "We want to look to continue those relationships."
Neither Ryan nor general manager Jeff Luhnow would comment on a report the club's Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City would switch affiliates to the Dodgers. A group affiliated with the Dodgers is reportedly on the brink of purchasing team.
That would leave the Astros on the search for a new Triple-A affiliate for 2015. They would, of course, like to return to Triple-A Round Rock, which is owned by Ryan Sanders Baseball, but the Express recently renewed its PDC to remain the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers through 2018.
The Astros could be forced to move their Triple-A operation to Albuquerque, N.M. -- replacing the Dodgers -- though there could be other openings revealed in the next few weeks. They have expressed in interest in building a new facility in Montgomery County and relocating a team north of Houston, but that could be years away.
"We've been happy with our affiliate in Oklahoma City," Luhnow said. "If it's not to be, we'll figure out what makes sense for us."
Luhnow said the Astros are in discussions with Lancaster and Tri-City about renewing the PDC with those clubs, which expire after this year. The Astros own Double-A Corpus Christi, Rookie League Greeneville and the Gulf Coast League Astros, so no PDC is needed.