Leaving Las Vegas: Why Mets bought Syracuse Chiefs

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This sale ends almost six decades of ownership by the community, although the team will still play in NBT Bank Stadium. According to syracuse.com, the partnership will begin after the 2018 season, when Washington's contract with the publicly-owned affiliate expires.

"The Mets would own and operate the Syracuse Chiefs, the sources said, bringing in the resources necessary to build a franchise that struggled in recent years with its finances".

At an event Tuesday at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, Mets officials, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney formally announced that the team will buy the Syracuse Chiefs.

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Syracuse is now an affiliate of the Nationals.

"This 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", a statement from the Governor's office said.

"This is somewhat of a homecoming for the Mets", he said. The team has faced issues with its Class AAA team being based in Las Vegas since it's tough to summon players. Now, it appears as though the organization has finally secured a Triple-A affiliate within the state of NY.

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Traveling from Las Vegas to New York City can take several hours.

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.

There's another reason Cuomo is excited about the sale. Now the Nationals will be scrambling to locate a new AAA affiliate, as they look for something closer to home. Beginning in 2019, three of the Mets' minor league affiliates will be based in NY.

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This move should also provide a tangible benefit for NY.

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