Salt Lake Bees and Los Angeles Angels extend player development agreement

Published: Monday, May 19 2014 3:15 p.m. MDT

Salt Lake Bees center fielder Mike Trout played in Salt Lake City for a spell before having one of the best rookie seasons in MLB history in 2012.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Bees and Los Angeles Angels signed a new player development agreement, it was announced today.

The new contract will keep the Bees as the triple-A affiliate of the Angels through 2016. The Angels have been the Bees' parent club since 2001.

“We have enjoyed our longstanding relationship with Salt Lake and are thrilled to announce an extension through 2016,” Angels assistant general manager Scott Servais said in a news release. “The city of Salt Lake and employees of the franchise continue to provide a first-class venue and experience for baseball fans.”

The Salt Lake Bees, who are celebrating the franchise’s 20th anniversary this season, were the Minnesota Twins' affiliate from 1996 to 2001.

“The baseball bond between the Angels and the Bees has been strengthened every year since we were reunited in 2001, and it’s a privilege to extend our partnership to 16 years,” said Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties.

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