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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Report: Binghamton to remain Mets affiliate

By Adam Rubin

The Mets, whose player-development contract with Double-A Binghamton expires after this season, will be re-upping and staying put, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports.

"It's going to happen," team president Mike Urda said.

Writes Lynn Worthy in the newspaper:

Urda said he was in New York at Citi Field on June 22 to see the Mets and New York Yankees square off in the Subway Series -- that night was the only one season series that the Mets won. While in the city, Urda said he had a meeting with New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. The two discussed continuing the relationship between Binghamton and New York, and Urda said the idea of extending the player development contract for four years instead of two years was brought up. The next player development contract for the B-Mets would be the first since Alderson took over as general manager of the major league club. "We had a good hour-long meeting," Urda said. "It's going to happen."

The Ottawa Citizen had reported during the offseason that the Binghamton franchise likely was to be sold to investors who would move it to Ottawa.