Mets confirm intent to buy Syracuse Chiefs as Triple-A affiliate

  • Mets confirm intent to buy Syracuse Chiefs as Triple-A affiliate

Mets confirm intent to buy Syracuse Chiefs as Triple-A affiliate

The Mets will purchase and operate the local club, ending decades of community ownership.

The Mets now have three affiliate teams, including their top two, all in the state of NY and within driving distance of the big league club.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed the deal Monday, calling it "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 NY". Under the agreement, the Chiefs will play at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse through at least 2025. 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 Washington Nationals.

"Play by the rules of baseball", Wilpon said. Over the previous five years, the Mets have struggled to bring up short term injury replacements, or to have those players be ready that night. Prior to that, Syracuse partnered with the Toronto Blue Jays for 31 years.

The Community Baseball Club's executive board approved the sale, but nonmajority Chiefs shareholders must be notified of and approve the move, said Jason Smorol, Chiefs general manager.

Jeff Wilpon, the Mets' chief operating officer, said the Chiefs' affiliation with the Nationals will continue through 2018. Major and Minor League Baseball, as well as Onondaga County, which holds the lease to the stadium, also need to approve the transaction before it can become official. "It 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".