Mets won’t be moving Triple-A team to Syracuse

The Washington Nationals have re-upped with the Syracuse Chiefs for four more years (Ladson).

Syracuse was a possible destination for the Mets Triple-A team when their agreement with the Pacific Coast League Las Vegas 51s ended, but that is now moot. The Mets are currently with the 51s through the 2014 season.

The Mets may be stuck in Vegas if no other organizations vacate their minor-league agreements, save for a shot at a move to Rochester, New York. The Red Wings are currently an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, with an agreement through the 2014 season.




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Luis Martins
Luis Martins

What about Newark the bears organization are league less now that they abandoned can am league. If not, what about Montreal - don't they want baseball back?

bobbysf
bobbysf

What about thinking outside the box a bit?  Seeing if San Juan or Santo Domingo could serve as a AAA affiliate? Those stadiums are empty during the summer as their season runs in Fall/Winter. 

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

It's so ridiculous the mets are in such a situation. Just going along with the idea for a second that there could be collusion in baseball, other organization would be happy to hamper the mets by not vacating a place, so met's developing talent is subject to the toll of Vegas heat. Absurd predicament.

paulio
paulio

What's so bad about Vegas? So pitchers give up a few extra homers. So what?  There are smart talent evaluators out there that can figure out how well a pitcher will do in Citi. In my book, you can look at Vegas and say, if he can keep the ball in the park there, he can keep it in the park in Citi. I think fans are mad that they can't project a AAA player's stats on the major league level as well. For organizational scouts, it really doesn't matter much.

Brian C.
Brian C.

it's too bad the Rockland Boulders in Pomona, NY can't be their team.  Nice Stadium, close to NYC, and the league it's part of is mostly based in the midwest.  Would solve 2 problems at once for both teams.

The Feels band
The Feels band

I wish a Mets affiliate would move into the Rockland Boulders stadium in Pomona NY. It'd rule my life. 

CowCrusher
CowCrusher

The funny part is that the Syracuse Chiefs have yet to issue a press release about the deal on their website. Either they are so screwed up or just asleep at the switch as usual.

CowCrusher
CowCrusher

The chiefs lost almost a half mill last year. Methinks this a ploy to get Richmond up to snuff by 2015 or 17. Too much money to be made there and will cover a broken contract. Plus the county and the team are desperate and will agree to anything.

jasonbay
jasonbay

Well this is a fine mess...thanks Jeffy!

neugie24
neugie24

Montreal might be a good idea.

Vee!
Vee!

Wish the ValleyCats (Albany) could switch up to Triple A, it's been great having a Single A affiliate up here...it was even better back in the day when they were the Mets affiliate! But I get that Brooklyn made a whole lot more sense for Single A to the Mets and the Astros are great hosts...but still I'd love if we could see the Mets Triple As on the reg. Would be nice.

Marcus Jensen
Marcus Jensen

It might be good to stay in the PCL and give a jolt to position player prospects.

Herb Goldstein
Herb Goldstein

It would be absolutely fantastic to switch the AAA affiliation to Rochester. It's not just a matter of proximity, although having our top prospects that much closer is very helpful too. The altitude and rarified atmosphere of Las Vegas inflates hitters stats and deflates pitchers stats, distorting both.

I wonder if any team ever traded a prospect for a farm franchise. Who could we offer to Minnesota to get Rochester from them, and letting them have Las Vegas.

Chris Crosser
Chris Crosser

Buffalo got rid of the @Mets because being the Triple-AAA team for the Blue Jays made sense for both parties.

Chris Crosser
Chris Crosser

I would love to see them move to @rocredwings. They have a great organization, an amazing GM (Dan Mason), and a great downtown ball park. The only issue with #Rochester is there are too many Yankees fans.

Andrew Wharton
Andrew Wharton

Wish we could just reclassify Brooklyn as a Triple-A affiliate. Not a big fan of the NYPL.

Phil Mancini
Phil Mancini

Another in a series of bad moves since losing Norfolk and becoming Triple A drifters. If a catcher goes on the DL during a Friday night game with a Saturday afternoon game the next day there isn't enough time to fly the Triple A catcher in from Vegas. Brilliant!

chefmike87
chefmike87

is it possible to move the AAA 51's to the home of the cyclones in Brooklyn? .... and move the single A cyclone  team to vegas? Not sure if that would create a problem with facing other AAA teams or single A teams , but it would allow for a great option for call ups and send downs, not to mention ballplayers playing in the same climate. 

Andrew Herbst
Andrew Herbst

I wish our Triple A team was still in Buffalo.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

The Tidewater/Norfolk region was perfect for a variety of reasons.  Less than an hours flight to LAG with a temperate climate.  Leave it to Fredo to take an ideal situation and completely screw it up.  

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I can't keep up with all the things the Mets can't/won't do.  Their limitations are limitless. 

drmetfan
drmetfan

Buffalo was the Mets perfect tripple A team and they couldn't extend the contract.

Metropolitan
Metropolitan

@paulio  


It is more difficult to evaluate  hitters or pitchers in an environment skewed to the extreme  in favor of hitters plus naturally you would like your  triple A team  closer to where your MLB team plays. 

CowCrusher
CowCrusher

They are playing a ST game this year against TOR in MTL. I doubt that this is an audition for a AAA team. French Canucks are not too fond of baseball or Americans nowadays save Rusty, Dawson, Robinson and Carter.

Eli Battistoni
Eli Battistoni

@Vee Langer Nice stadium, they draw well.  Only thing missing is a team with a vested interest.  Whenever I go to see Brooklyn games, always Met fans there wearing their gear.

jasonbay
jasonbay

@Marcus Jensen Disagree, big time.  You can't trust the numbers for any PCL guys, particularly our Vegas guys.  They still come up to the big leagues and regress.  It's an unrealistic hitting environment that I think screws around with the development of hitters and pitchers.

Herb Goldstein
Herb Goldstein

@Marcus Jensen . . . and derail pitching prospects. It's not good for either pitchers or hitters to get a distorted picture of their own abilities.

Chris Crosser
Chris Crosser

The Rochester and Twins deal is up at end of 2015. The only issue is that Mets could have gone to Rochester starting in 2013, and they didn't.

Herb Goldstein
Herb Goldstein

@Chris Crosser Shouldn't the same be true of Rochester and the Mets? Especially with the improvement in the stature of the Mets farm system, and the quality of players that will be coming through the AAA franchise, don't you think the Rochester owners would prefer to affiliate with the New York team. It should make sense for both parties.

CowCrusher
CowCrusher

Even a "pet rock" can call itself a Yankee "fan". Most of them are posers anyway.

Mike
Mike

@Phil Mancini It's a five-hour flight, you can get someone from the west at night to east by morning. I live in Vegas and travel back to the New York area all the time. If that catcher gets hurt at 9 Eastern, it is only 6 pm Pacific, he has plenty of time to make it for a Saturday afternoon game.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@chefmike87 No, it's not possible for several reasons. Minor league affiliations don't work that way.

drewmcg
drewmcg

The partnership is up at the end of 2014. However I live in roc, and I know that the wings front office love the twins, and sadly that can't be said for the mets. It would have been done in 2013 as there is way more mets fans than twins fans here. Almost guarantee the twins will stay

CowCrusher
CowCrusher

ROC and the Twins seem to be pretty happy. More Mets fans in SYR.AA Bingo is closer plus an I-81Rivalry between SYR and SWB ..Subway Series on the cheap.

drewmcg
drewmcg

It would make sense. But I don't see it. The wings are over 100 years old and they have had 3 affiliates. When they find a team that works they don't change.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@Herb Goldstein @Chris Crosser But Rochester has a good relationship with the Twins. I don't think there's such a strong Mets contingent in Rochester to make the local draw that appealing to the Red Wings.

Chris Crosser
Chris Crosser

Yes, that's why I think it makes sense. Once players get called up to the Twins you hardly see the players on tv. I would love to see the Redwings get promoted to the Mets, and watch it on SNY.

magma123
magma123

@7up17togo@Andrew Whartonwe blocked the yanks from doing a temp 1 season stint there for triple A.  No way they make any favors for us.  I think we said we'd concede if we'd be able to start a triple A affiliate in CT and they said no.

Gland1
Gland1

@Andrew Wharton I wish someone would address the changes to this blog and if anything is being done to restore some functionality to this place.

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@Eli Battistoni @ton a little. i was simply taking advantage of a teed-up joke opportunity. to me the mets are marginally better from last season. but will be extremely lucky to reach .500 imo. but that's why they play the games as the old cliche says.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@magma123 @7up17togo @Andrew Wharton Yankees offered cash and a credit for a similar future 1-year territory exemption. Mets countered with asking for a full-time exemption for a future minor league franchise. Yankees declined and made the Scranton team a full-time road team for a season. Sucked for Newark but business-wise, there wasn't a lot of impetus for the Mets to cede more territory for the year.

Eli Battistoni
Eli Battistoni

@ton I think we are going to take the holidays off an reassess things.  Come back and hopefully make more additions to this team.