Padres, Beavers extend contract through 2006

The Portland Beavers and San Diego Padres have signed a two-year Player Development Contract extension through the 2006 season, it was announced on Friday.

The extension continues a partnership that was established in 2001, Portland's first year back in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

In four seasons as San Diego's top affiliate, the Beavers are 287-277 (.509), one of the top overall records in the 16-team league in that span. Under the Padres, the Beavers own a pair of second-places finishes and are currently in contention for the North Division crown, trailing the Tacoma Rainiers by a half-game with a 75-58 record entering play on Friday.

Since the 2001 season, the first year of the original four-year PDC between the two teams, the Beavers have produced a number of top organizational players, including Jason Bay, Sean Burroughs, Khalil Greene, Freddy Guzman, Xavier Nady and Dennis Tankersley. The Beavers roster has also featured a number of veteran major leaguers, including Brady Anderson, Rickey Henderson, Pete Incaviglia, Jim Leyritz and Charles Nagy.

"We're extremely happy," said Tye Waller, director of player development for the Padres. "The City of Portland and the ballpark have been great for our players. This year is an indication of what we're trying to do as an organization; build a winner from within, and Portland has been integral to that development."

Three of the Padres' four first-round selections from 2001-2004 have spent time in Portland, including Jake Gautreau, Tim Stauffer and Greene. "It is a pleasure to work with an organization that is so dedicated to its minor league system," said Jack Cain, Beavers acting general manager. "Tye Waller and Padres general manager Kevin Towers have been great to work with, and we look forward to another two years."

The Beavers and Padres have developed a strong relationship off the field as well, namely through the teams' Community Outreach Program that dedicates resources and energy to philanthropic programs in the Portland area throughout the year.

During the season, Beavers and Padres players and staff make several visits to area children's hospitals, youth camps, libraries, and specifically team with the Portland-area Police Activities League (PAL), Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs. Each season, the Beavers and Padres provide opportunities for youth and charity organizations to attend games through the popular "Boomer's Buddies" component of the program.

"It's been a tremendous relationship," said PCL president Branch B. Rickey. "The Padres have been a first-class partner, and the way the team has been consistently competitive is a reflection of their commitment to the Portland club."

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