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Mets To Leave Las Vegas And Buy The Syracuse Chiefs


One of the big issues the Mets had this season – and the last few for that matter – was shuttling players three time zones to their Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.

Not anymore.

The Mets are expected to announce the purchase of the Syracuse Chiefs and will make them their Triple-A club after their affiliation agreement with the 51s ends after the 2018 season. A press conference is scheduled at NBT Bank Stadium with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

 “This is a home run that ensures the Chiefs stay right where they belong while the next generation of ‘amazin’ greats is fostered right here in Central New York,” Cuomo said in a statement to

General manager Sandy Alderson hinted at a reorganization of the minor leagues and this is part of it. Even this past season the Mets were caught with calling up players who were not ready for games dye to jetlag.

So, this will even things out for the Mets, who will have all their affiliates on the east coast and three of them in New York State. In addition to Syracuse, the Double-A team is still in Binghamton, while the Short-Season-A plays in Coney Island.

This will also help in rehab assignments, since the Mets can gage players better in the higher levels of the minors coming back from injury.

In addition to the Mets coming east, the Washington Nationals, who currently affiliate with Syracuse will be displaces and may be forced to take the Vegas affiliation.

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Already the Mets announced the hiring of Tony DeFrancesco to manage their Triple-A club, replacing Pedro Lopez.


  1. Joe Wenzel

    October 9, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    So still another year in Las Vegas. Sounds like they’re announcing it one year too early. Sew if anything changes between now and then – like maybe the Nationals upping the offer to buy it themselves. I’m sure their owner has the more money than the Coupons.

    • Joe McDonald

      October 10, 2017 at 12:06 am

      In all fairness, the Mets have to buy the affiliation team, since they burnt a lot of goodwill with privately owned teams like Buffalo in the offseason and then they have to wait until the player development contract is up which is in Sep of even number years.

      Looks like Cuomo and Schumer want this to happen with the Mets, so it will happen.

      • Joe Wenzel

        October 10, 2017 at 8:32 pm

        That’s good to hear. A lot of people in the MOFO are under the impression it starts next year. It’s just a little odd it’s announced one year too soon.

  2. Joe Wenzel

    October 9, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    See if anything changes….

    Why no edit function on this comment area?

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