Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Lake Monsters and Oakland Athletics have announced that the two teams have extended their Player Development Contract for the next two seasons through the year 2018, the New York-Penn and American League teams jointly announced today. The signing of the two-year agreement assures that the Lake Monsters will continue as Oakland’s short-season Single-A New York-Penn League affiliate for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Vermont has been an affiliate of the Athletics since the 2011 season when the Lake Monsters won the Stedler Division title.“The Oakland Athletics have been great partners, both on and off the field,” said Vermont Lake Monsters Vice President Kyle Bostwick. “We are excited to continue to work together to help develop ballplayers into future Major Leaguers.”“We are pleased to extend our partnership with the Vermont Lake Monsters. A number of our organization’s most talented players have thrived during their time with the Lake Monsters before advancing through our system,” said A’s General Manager David Forst. “Over the past six seasons, we’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with the entire Lake Monsters organization, as well as with the City of Burlington. We look forward to future success.”Since Vermont became the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Athletics, six former Lake Monsters have risen through the Minor Leagues and become “Major League Monsters”: Ryan Dull (2012), Bruce Maxwell (2012), Addison Russell (2012), Michael Ynoa (2012), Ryon Healy (2013) and Dillon Overton (2014).