Chiefs GM thinks Mets deal would help team grow

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner is one of organization's prospects who developed on the Syracuse Chiefs

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner is one of organization's prospects who developed on the Syracuse Chiefs

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. The Chiefs would become the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in 2019.

Now owned by the Community Baseball Club of Central New York, the Chiefs have been the top minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals since 2009.

The Chiefs play in the International League and are now an affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

The Syracuse Chiefs' affiliation with the Nationals is slated to end after next season.

When the Mets take control, Wilpon said, the county will continue to hold the lease on the stadium while the Mets will handle day-to-day operations. Now, it appears as though the organization has finally secured a Triple-A affiliate within the state of NY. Flights last for over five hours, and by the time the minor leaguer comes to NY, that first day is essentially wasted. A flight from Syracuse to New York City lasts more than an hour. The Chiefs have struggled financially for years and lag behind other Triple-A clubs in attendance.

In addition, the Triple-A affiliate will be leaving the hitters' friendly Pacific Coast League for the International League, giving Mets' talent evaluators a better opportunity to gauge pitchers and hitters. Beginning in 2019, three of the Mets' minor league affiliates will be based in NY.

NY governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and local officials were on hand for the festivities. "That's what the Mets are all about".

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