The affiliation shuffle is over for the Oakland A's. The last piece of the puzzle was announced on Wednesday, as the A's came to an agreement with the Beloit Snappers to keep their Midwest League affiliate in Wisconsin for at least two more seasons. The A's have been partners with the Snappers since the 2013 season.
The A's came into the 2014 minor league off-season with four player development contracts set to expire. Oakland re-upped with Double-A affiliate Midland and short-season affiliate Vermont quickly, but it took a bit longer for the A's Triple-A and Low-A situations to clarify. Last week, the A's announced they would be moving their Triple-A affiliation to Nashville. Several members of the A's front office were in Nashville on Tuesday to sign their player development contract officially and meet with the press.
On Wednesday, it was announced that the A's would remain in Beloit through the 2016 season. There had been some question as to whether the A's would stay with Beloit or try to partner with another Midwest League organization. In the end, the A's stayed with the Snappers. Oakland has enjoyed a positive relationship with Beloit's front office since partnering with them in 2013 and Oakland has always valued having an affiliate in the Midwest League.
Despite all of the uncertainty, the A's will enter the 2015 season with mostly the same affiliations. The only change will be at the Triple-A level. To recap, through at least 2016, the A's affiliates are as follows: Nashville (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), Midland (Double-A, Texas League), Stockton (High-A, California League), Beloit (Low-A, Midwest League), Vermont (short-season A, New York-Penn League), Mesa (Rookie, AZL), Santo Domingo (Rookie, DSL).