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AHL owner sees Syracuse match with Mets

The Mets, exiled to the Pacific Coast League for two years after getting bounced by Buffalo, could find a new Triple-A home in Syracuse beginning with the 2015 season.

Howard Dolgon, who owns Syracuse's American Hockey League affiliate, told the Syracuse Post-Standard that the Mets are a natural partner for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in the International League.

The Mets had dialogue with Syracuse before signing with Buffalo for the 2009 season. At that point, Syracuse aligned with the Nationals. The Mets' current two-year player-development agreement with Las Vegas and the Nats' agreement with Syracuse both expire after the 2014 season.

"Why aren't the Mets here?" Dolgon told the newspaper. "Why are the Mets 3,000 miles away when you could be on SNY and promoting your brand that way? If you are asking me, one of the things that I would do 100 percent is see if those New York Metropolitans are available."

Syracuse has been poorly run and losing money, but recently changed its management and received a cash infusion.

Dolgon is unaffiliated with the baseball club.