Reds extend their affiliation with Billings

Reds extend their affiliation with Billings

CINCINNATI -- The Reds on Monday extended their player development contract with Billings for an additional two years to run through the 2014 season. The new deal continues one of the longest active partnerships in professional baseball.

The current deal was set to expire after the 2012 season. A short-season rookie level team located in Montana and playing in the Pioneer League, the Mustangs have been affiliated with the Reds since 1974.

"The partnership between the Reds and Mustangs is a long and successful one," said Reds player development director Terry Reynolds in a statement. "Dehler Park is the finest playing facility in the Pioneer League and we appreciate everything that the City of Billings, the staff of the Mustangs and the great boosters do for our players and staff. We hope this extension is just one of many more."

Among the former Major Leaguers that have passed through Billings on their way to the Reds are Tom Browning, Rob Dibble, Paul O'Neill, Trevor Hoffman, Adam Dunn and current Cincinnati players Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs.

Last week, the Reds signed a new two-year player development deal through 2012 with Bakersfield, a high Class A team in the California League.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Mark My Word and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.