Friday January 21, 2011 | 05:24 PM

The Boston Red Sox and Portland Sea Dogs announced that they have extended their affiliation agreement through 2014.

The announcement, made before the Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner, came as a surprise since the two teams were already committed through the 2012 season.

Sea Dogs President Charlie Eshbach said the extension is just a reflection of the relationship between the two clubs.

"Our intent is to be with them forever," Eshbach said.

Agreements between major league teams and minor league teams are for a minimum of two years and a maximum of four.

Mike Hazen, Red Sox Director of Player Development, was not present during the announcement (he is still driving through the snow), but issued a statement through a press release, saying, "We are extremely fortunate to work with some of the best people in minor league baseball in Portland."

The Sea Dogs began as a Florida Marlins affiliate in 1994, and switched to the Red Sox in 2003.


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