Gov. Andrew Cuomo, officials announce Syracuse Chiefs sale to New York Mets

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A pair of A-ball teams remain outside of the area: High Class-A St. Lucie is in Florida, where all the Mets minor league operations are run, and Low Class-A Columbia is in SC and its player development contract runs only through the 2018 season. The deal is expected to be announced Tuesday at a press conference in Albany, although it's still undetermined for which season the move will take effect.

"Under terms of the agreement, the Mets will acquire ownership of the Triple-A Chiefs from the Community Baseball Club of Central New York Inc., and continue to play its games at NBT Bank Stadium starting in 2019, the sources said".

With the Mets' top minor league affiliate in Syracuse, Cuomo believes the club will attract fans from across upstate NY.

When the New York Mets played their inaugural season in 1962, the franchise was affiliated with the Syracuse Chiefs.

The Mets will purchase and operate the local club, ending decades of community ownership. This sale ends almost six decades of ownership by the community, although the team will still play in NBT Bank Stadium.

New York Mets Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Wilpon said that "We're happy to be here, I think it will be great".

"They would be an all-New York state team", Cuomo said. They just need to wait one more year.

The International League is quite expansive and reaches as far south as Gwinnett, Georgia, it's not quite the nightmare travel league that is the Pacific Coast League.

In addition, it would mark the end of the Chiefs' affiliation with the Washington Nationals at some point in the near future.

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