In a report from The Post Standard, the New York Mets have purchased the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs from the Community Baseball Club of Central New York Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The purchase will likely soon end the Mets relationship with the Las Vegas 51s and will give the Mets a permanent Triple-A home.
Currently, the Chiefs is a the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Their affiliation agreement ends after the 2018 season, which is also the same time the Mets affiliation with the 51s will end. If neither team seeks an early exit from their current affiliation contracts, this will leave the Mets owning the Nationals Triple-A affiliate.
The acquisition, which has not been publicly confirmed will be announced at NBT Bank Stadium tomorrow afternoon. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mets Chief Operating Office Jeff Wilpon and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney will be on hand for the announcement.
In a bit of irony, the Mets were able to make this purchase in large part due to the Chiefs financial issues. As recently as 2013, the team lost $1 million leaving the team on the verge of bankruptcy. Things have improved of the past few seasons with the team seeing an 11% increase in attendance.
Overall, this agreement should prove to be a positive one for the Mets. The logistical issues presented by having their top minor league affiliate in a different time zone is now gone. This will also end the issues of trying to evaluate pitchers and hitters in a Coors Field like hitting environment. Finally, it will also increase the Mets presence in the State of New York with their Double-A team in Binghamton. Over time, this could lead to an increase in the amount of Mets fans seen in the state.