The Mets have spent the last five seasons with their top minor-league affiliate based in Las Vegas, which has presented problems getting players to NY in a timely manner. The deal ensures that the team will continue to play at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse through at least 2025, according to Gov. Cuomo's office.
The Mets will purchase and operate the local club, ending decades of community ownership.
Optimism for David Wright?
New York Mets Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Wilpon said that "We're happy to be here, I think it will be great".
This move should also provide a tangible benefit for NY.
But a source with knowledge of the talks said there's a small chance that the Mets could negotiate an agreement that allows their Triple-A team to be moved from Las Vegas to Syracuse starting next season, one year earlier.
New York's current Triple-A affiliate is in Las Vegas, and the distance has led to problems with quick call-ups after injuries and extra-inning games. The Double-A affiliate is in Binghamton and low-A short season is in Brooklyn.
The rookie level Kingsport Mets are in Tennessee and the Gulf Coast Coast Mets share the facilities in Port St. Lucie. Flights last for over five hours, and by the time the minor leaguer comes to NY, that first day is essentially wasted. Prior to the Monday afternoon news from the aforementioned Weiner, the Syracuse Chiefs were in the midst of a nine-year affiliate with the arch rival WashingtonNationals.
They'll not only gain some revenue by selling tickets when they inevitably move Tim Tebow to Triple-A, but they'll have a better shot at developing his teammates into major leaguers as well.