ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals and the Midwest League Peoria Chiefs announced a four-year player development agreement on Wednesday that will bring St. Louis' Low-A affiliate back to central Illinois.
The Cardinals did not renew their contract with Quad Cities (Iowa), which had been a part of the organization's Minor League system since 2005.
Peoria has had a connection with the Cardinals before. The Cardinals based a Minor League club there from 1954-56 and again from 1995-2004. Current players Yadier Molina, Jason Motte and Kyle McClellan all spent time in Peoria during their rise in the Cardinals' system.
The Low-A affiliation change is one of two that the Cardinals have made this week. On Monday, the club announced that it would be moving its short-season club in the New York-Penn League from Batavia (N.Y.) to State College (Pa.).