The Boise Hawks will have a new parent club next season — the Colorado Rockies.
An official announcement is expected Friday. A source close to the situation confirmed the Player Development Contract agreement Thursday night. The length of the agreement was not known.
On Sept. 11, the short-season Single A Hawks' PDC with the Chicago Cubs expired, ending an affiliation that began in 2001. Colorado had been affiliated with fellow Northwest League members, the Tri-City Dust Devils, since 1992, dating to when the team was based in Bend, Ore., which then moved to Portland in 1995 and finally Tri-City in 2001.
The Eugene Register-Guard reported Thursday night the Cubs agreed to a two-year deal with the Eugene Emeralds of the NWL. That move means Tri-City will become an affiliate of the San Diego Padres, who were in Eugene since 2001.
The Cubs had been seeking more modern facilities than the 25-year-old Memorial Stadium had been able to provide, and Eugene plays at the University of Oregon's PK Park, which opened in 2010.
Colorado has added two other new affiliates this week — Albuquerque (Triple A) and New Britain (Double A).
UPDATE: The Boise Hawks confirmed this report in a tweet posted soon after our report. The tweet from @BoiseHawks read: "It is official, the Hawks and Colorado Rockies have signed a PDC...more on the big news Friday AM."