Thursday, February 9, 2012
B-Mets, or someone, appears on move
By Adam Rubin
A source with direct knowledge about the pending move of an Eastern League team to Ottawa confirmed an Ottawa Citizen report that the city should be landing a team from the Double-A league for the 2013 season.
Furthermore, the source would not eliminate the Binghamton Mets as a candidate for purchase and relocation by Needham, Mass.-based Beacon Sports Capital Partners. The person only instead emphasized there is no formal agreement yet when asked if Binghamton was the franchise slated for relocation.
Calls to Eastern League president Joe McEacharn and Binghamton Mets GM Jim Weed went unreturned. Rick Billings, chief operating officer of Beacon Sports Capital Parnters, said he was not permitted to comment, citing baseball confidentiality rules.
In early November, B-Mets president Michael Urda downplayed reports of a potential move of the B-Mets, telling the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin: "People may want to talk to us, but they haven't. Nobody has talked to us."
Even though an Eastern League city is apparently losing a team to Ottawa, that doesn't mean its current major league affiliate will be playing in Canada, too. Assuming the affiliation agreement is up, a major league team can simply switch affiliates, as the Mets did when they changed from New Orleans to Buffalo at the Triple-A level.