Indians, Pirates extend affiliation through 2016

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The Indianapolis Indians extended their agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday.

The two-year extension means the Indians will remain affiliated with the Pirates through the 2016 season.

"Indians Manager Dean Treanor and his outstanding coaching staff have been great to work with and our players have performed extremely well. It has been exciting to see the Pirates become strong contenders for the postseason with former Indians like Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Starling Marte, Neil Walker, Tony Sanchez, Jordy Mercer, Gerrit Cole and many others playing such an important role," said Indians Vice President & General Manager Cal Burleson.

The teams have had an affiliation since 2005 and the Indians are on the verge of reaching the playoffs for the fourth time in those nine seasons.

"We are looking forward to continuing our strong partnership with the Indianapolis Indians and the city of Indianapolis," Pirates President Frank Coonelly said. "Indianapolis is a Major League city and Victory Field is a great facility for our players to call home."