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January 21, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Boston extends player development contract with Portland through 2014

The Red Sox announced that they have reached an agreement with the Portland Sea Dogs to extend their player development contract with the team through 2014. The contract was originally set to expire after the 2012 season.

Portland and Boston originally came together after the 2002 season, when the Sea Dogs' affiliation with the Florida Marlins expired. Portland's Hadlock Field was renovated to have a Fenway-like Green Monster along with having their sky boxes renamed in honor of legendary Red Sox players. Before signing on with Portland, Boston's Double-A franchise was the Trenton Thunder (now affiliated with the New York Yankees) from 1995-2002.

Portland has seen many of Boston's top players graduate from their ranks, including Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester as well as Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez as Florida Marlins in 2001 and 2002, respectively.