OAKLAND -- The A's on Thursday announced they have officially added two new Minor League affiliates, as they signed two-year player development contracts with Class A Burlington and short-season Class A Vermont. The Burlington Bees, stationed in Iowa, will replace longtime A's affiliate Kane County of the Midwest League. The Vermont Lake Monsters, meanwhile, will replace Vancouver of the Northwest League. "Both areas are steeped in rich baseball history and offer very supportive communities," A's general manager Billy Beane said in a statement. "It should be an exciting and mutually beneficial partnership for all parties involved."
The A's are no strangers to the Burlington Bees, who from 1963-67 were affiliated with the Kansas City A's. That partnership continued even when the A's moved to Oakland in 1968 before coming to an end six years later. Among the more notable players to see playing time with the Bees include Cy Young Award winner Vida Blue and All-Star third baseman Sal Bando.