Drillers sign extension with Dodgers through 2030

The Tulsa Drillers will be the Double-A affiliate with the Los Angeles Dodgers through at least the 2030 baseball season, the team announced Thursday.

The Drillers signed a 10-year Player Development License (PDL) extension with the Dodgers.

There was never a doubt professional baseball would stay in Tulsa amid the cancelled 2020 season, ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent Minor League restructuring.

“This agreement is so important for the Drillers organization,” Drillers General Manager Mike Melega said in a news release to fans. “We could not ask for anything better than to be partnered with an organization like the Los Angeles Dodgers for the next ten years.”

13 Drillers alumni played on the World Series-winning Dodgers team in 2020.

“The Dodgers, our player development staff and our players are excited to continue our relationship with the Drillers and the city of Tulsa,” Dodgers’ Director of Player Development Will Rhymes said. “We could not ask for a better partner, and we look forward to seeing many future Dodgers playing at ONEOK Field in the coming years. Thank you to the Drillers and their fans for their continued support of the Dodgers.”

The Dodgers also extended their affiliates in AAA, A+ and A-ball. Each Major League team will only have four minor league affiliates moving forward.

As a result of restructuring, the Double-A Texas League (of which the Drillers are members) is expected to expand to include the Wichita Wind Surge and San Antonio Missions in 2021.

The Drillers said they anticipate a 2021 schedule release in the “near future.”