A few days ago, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York referenced an article from the Syracuse Post-Standard that threw out the possibility that the Mets’ AAA affiliate in 2015 could be Syracuse of the International League.
According to Rubin, the Mets spoke with representatives from the Syracuse affiliate before agreeing to relocate to Buffalo prior to the 2009 season. Rubin also pointed out that the Mets’ deal with Las Vegas and the Nationals’ deal with Syrcause both expire after the 2014 campaign.
In the Post-Standard, Howard Dolgon, who owns an AHL (minor league hockey) affiliate in Syracuse opined that the Mets would be a perfect fit for Syracuse in 2015. Dolgon, it should be pointed out, has no affiliation with the AAA baseball operation. However, that doesn’t mean his suggestion has no merit.
After the 2012 season, the Mets’ AAA affiliation with Buffalo ended. The powers that be in Buffalo claimed that the Mets hadn’t put the best product on the field, and jumped at the chance to ink an affiliation with the Toronto Blue Jays (it made total sense for them geographically). This season, Buffalo failed to reach the postseason, and Las Vegas made it to the PCL Championship.
Buffalo’s decision to cut ties forced the Mets to sign a two year agreement with Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League – something they hoped to avoid. Las Vegas is extremely inconvenient as far as its distance from New York, but is also known for having a poor ballpark and operations staff. The most significant negative attribute, though, is the fact that Las Vegas and the PCL in general is an awful place for pitchers to develop.
The potential to relocate to Syracuse in 2015 is something the Mets should (and likely will) keep an eye on over the next year. If they were able to make it happen, it would be a tremendous fit for the organization for a variety of reasons.