The Washington Times - January 15, 2014, 03:12PM

The Nationals will have stability at the upper levels of their minor league system in the coming years.

One month after agreeing to a four-year player development contract extension with Triple-A Syracuse, Washington did the same with Harrisburg, its Double-A affiliate, on Wednesday. That takes the Nats through the 2018 season with both.


The Harrisburg Senators have remained partnered with Washington since the Nats moved to the District from Montreal in 2005. The two organizations have been together 24 years in all. Over half of Washington’s current 40-man roster has spent at least some time in Harrisburg, including Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Jordan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond.

The Nats still have one year left on their player development contracts with the high-A Potomac Nationals, located in nearby Woodbridge, Va., the low-A Hagerstown Suns, who are moving to Fredericksburg, Va. in 2015, and the short season-A Auburn (NY) Doubledays. The deadline to agree to player development contracts with organizations at those levels for 2015 and beyond is early September.