Chiefs play in the International League and are now an affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Syracuse has been the furthest of their minor league affiliates in recent years, but, compared with the Mets' affiliation with Las Vegas, the distance is manageable to shuttle players back and forth from the majors to Class AAA.
Starting in 2019, Mets' farmhands will no longer have to make cross-country treks just to get added to the taxi squad.
The Mets officially announced their intent to buy the Syracuse Chiefs, which will become the club's Triple-A affiliate after the 2018 season.
Chiefs General Manager Jason Smorol said the club had reached the limit of its growth as a community owned operation, and that selling the team to the Mets means longterm viability.
Shareholders will have until November 17 to cast their votes, according to the governor's office.
According to a Monday afternoon report from Mark Weiner of Syracuse.com, the Mets have reached an agreement to purchase the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League.
Syracuse is now an affiliate of the Nationals. The team's current Triple-A affiliate is in Las Vegas, which can pose challenges when injuries occur and players need to be promoted to fill roster spots.
The Mets believe its farm system will benefit from having a new Triple-A affiliate close to its home city. The Double-A affiliate is in Binghamton and low-A short season is in Brooklyn.
Since moving from Montreal to Washington, the franchise have also held two-year partnerships with affiliates in New Orleans and Columbus.
The move also hurts the rival Nationals since they will have to find a new home for their Class AAA team, and options are limited. "That's what the Mets are all about".