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Cardinals extend deal with Peoria through 2020

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The St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday agreed to a four-year extension on their player development contract with their Class A affiliate, the Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League. The deal runs through the 2020 season. Prior to the extension, the contract was set to expire at the end of the 2016 season.

"The Peoria Chiefs continue to run a first-class operation, providing us with outstanding support of our player development efforts," said Cardinals general manager/senior vice president John Mozeliak. "We look forward to our continued relationship with the Chiefs and the Peoria community."

The organizations have a long history.

After sharing a 10-year affiliation from 1995-04, the Cardinals and Chiefs were separated for close to a decade before re-affiliating in 2013. The Cardinals also had a Minor League presence in Peoria, Ill., from 1954-56.

The only current Cardinals to have played for the Chiefs are catcher Yadier Molina (2002) and pitcher Jason Motte (2003).

Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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