B-Mets to be bought by Nolan Ryan’s group, moving to Ottawa?

According to Josh Leventhal of Baseball America, baseball sources say the Binghamton Mets will be bought by a group led by Nolan Ryan and moved to Ottawa.

According to Leventhal, while the city of Binghamton hopes to continue to have a Minor League team should the B-Mets depart, the plan would be to bring a short-season New York-Penn League team instead, with the Batavia Muckogs being the most likely possibility.

For the plan to be finalized, Leventhal says plans for the existing stadium in Ottawa to be renovated must be approved as well as a reasonable lease agreement between the club and the city on that ballpark.

In early November, the Ottawa Citizen reporteda group led by Nolan Ryan was interested in purchasing the Binghamton Mets and intended move them to Ottawa for the 2014 season.

However, according to the Binghamton Press and Sun, B-Mets President Michael Urda denied the team was for sale, and earlier this year, the Ottawa Citizen reported the B-Mets would be bought and moved to Ottawa for the 2014 season, but Urda angrily denied that claim as well.

In May, the B-Mets extended their lease on NYSEG Stadium, and in late August, the B-Mets and the New York Mets announced a four-year extension of their player development contract, securing the B-Mets as the Mets’ Double-A affiliate through the 2016 season.

The Binghamton Mets have been affiliated with the Mets since they were incepted in 1992.

Michael Baron, Contributor

So if this is true, I wonder if the Mets would seek to dissolve their agreement with the B-Mets, or they would simply go to Canada and continue to the affiliation under Nolan Ryan’s ownership group. In terms of proximity, this certainly wouldn’t be as major a change as the team just went through with their new affiliation with the Las Vegas 51s for their Triple-A squad, but it’s a big enough change none the less. They w0uld go from being 180 miles away to 450 miles away and in another country with potentially greater weather related issues in the early part of the season. And, they’ve been affiliated with the B-Mets in Binghamton for a very long time, meaning longtime employees could lose their jobs and new relationships and partnerships would have to be formed in Ottawa.