Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Rays, Biscuits to talk PDC extension

The Biscuits are entering their first "contract" year in 2008, but the team and the Tampa Bay Rays may soon talk about an early extension on their formal relationship.

Montgomery's player development contract with Tampa Bay runs out after next season. Neither side would commit to an early extension today but negotiations -- perhaps short ones -- could begin quickly.

"They're great partners and we love having them," Biscuits GM Greg Rauch said. "We've loved seeing them here at the winter meetings and celebrating a second straight championship. We're looking to do a third straight next year."

The Rays have experience with early extentions. Two years ago, in January 2006, Tampa Bay and Class AAA Durham agreed to continue their relationship for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

The Biscuits verbally agreed to stay with Tampa Bay through 2008 when Tom Dickson and Sherrie Myers bought the Orlando Rays from Tampa Bay and moved it to Montgomery in 2004.

"Throughout the years, we've had a great relationship with Tom and Sherrie and Greg," Rays farm director Mitch Lukevics said. "We're excited to work with them, we have a good relationship and we hope to continue that great relationship."

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