From Lancaster to Salem

The Red Sox announced today that they have agreed to a two-year player development contract with the Salem Avalanche of the Carolina League, beginning next season.

Salem will become the Red Sox’ advanced Single A affiliate, replacing Lancaster of the California League, which ends a two-season relationship with the franchise.

“Salem is an ideal fit for the Boston Red Sox,” said Mike Hazen, the Red Sox’ director of player development, in a press release.

“The playing surface is one of the best in the minor leagues, and the area’s commitment to baseball has created a great environment for developing top-notch players, both on and off the field. We are committed to bringing championship-caliber baseball, and a team which the fans can take great pride in, to the Roanoke Valley.”

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