The Kane County Cougars have announced a two-year player development contract with the Chicago Cubs, effective starting in the 2013 season. The Cougars, a Class A minor league team in the Midwest League, had been affiliated with the Kansas City Royals through the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
From the Cougars press release:
"The decision to change affiliation is never an easy one, particularly after a tremendous two-year relationship with the Kansas City Royals. Both on and off the field, Royals front office staff and coaches were the epitome of class, and the players represented the Cougars with professionalism throughout our affiliation. We'd particularly like to thank (Royals VP of Baseball Operations/Assistant GM) J.J. Picollo and (Royals Director of Minor League Operations) Scott Sharp, for being so instrumental in ensuring a great personal relationship between both of our organizations."
There has not been an announcement as to which team the Royals new affiliation will be with.