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Cardinals looking to develop players with Illinois minor league team

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By Dilip Vishwanat By Dilip Vishwanat

ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to a four-year player development contract with the Peoria Chiefs.

The Peoria Chiefs are part of the Midwest League (A). The Cardinals and Chiefs shared an affiliation from 1995 to 2004, including 2002 when the Chiefs won their long Midwest League Championship.

“We are extremely pleased to have a new four-year affiliation in place with the Chiefs and the Peoria community,” said Cardinals’ Senior Vice President and General Manager John Mozeliak.  “We know how Peoria and central Illinois represent a big part of what ‘Cardinals Nation’ is all about and that the Chiefs run a first-class operation that will only enhance our player development efforts.”

“We are excited to be returning to Peoria,” stated Cardinals’ Farm Director John Vuch.  “The Midwest League has tremendous tradition and we are pleased to remain a part of it.”

The Cardinals currently have three players on the roster who played for Peoria: Yadier Molina (2002), Jason Motte (2003), and Kyle McClellan (2004.)

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