Prior to the season we heard word that the State College Spikes weren't satisfied as a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, and were considering looking for a new organization after the 2012 season when the deal expired between the two teams. According to Rob Biertempfel, the Spikes have signed a two year deal with St. Louis, making them a Cardinals affiliate. Earlier today, Biertempfel mentioned that the Pirates broke off talks with State College, and that they could sign with Jamestown or Batavia.

When the news first came out at the start of the season, there was talk that the Pirates could go a temporary location, and eventually move the team to Morgantown. That set up would be more convenient for the transactions between the two low-A affiliates, as Morgantown is less than three hours away...

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