New York Mets: Ottawa

B-Mets to Ottawa now fully dead

October, 5, 2013
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The long-reported potential move of the Double-A Binghamton Mets to Ottawa has received what appears to be its final death knell.

Ottawa's Finance and Economic Development Committee has shifted its attention from a prospective Double-A team to an independent league team, according to a published report in Canada.

The CBC News report reads:

The city had been pursuing a Double-A team for the vacant stadium, but the one bidder that came forward wanted more than $40 million in stadium upgrades and a 20-year lease. Instead city staff recommended approving an offer from the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball to lease the stadium.

Under the terms of the proposal, Ottawa would have a team by May 2015. The terms of the deal would include a ten-year lease with an option for later extensions, a $750,000 initial capital cost and an annual operating cost of $400,000.

Report: Binghamton losing AA baseball

February, 10, 2012
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The Binghamton Mets will be no more after the 2012 season, the Ottawa Citizen reports.

Beacon Sports Capital Partners is buying the Double-A team and moving it to Ottawa, according to the newspaper.

With the Mets' affiliation agreement expiring with Binghamton after 2012, it would not mean the Mets will be playing Eastern League baseball in Ottawa in '13 if the report is accurate. In fact, the report states Ottawa is likely to align with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Instead, it means the Mets would be looking for a new Double-A affiliate for the 2013 season -- like they were when they relocated from New Orleans to Buffalo for Triple-A ball for the 2009 season.

One in-the-know person speculates the Mets could wind up in New Britain in 2013, with the Twins moving to New Hampshire and the Blue Jays in Ottawa.

Binghamton Mets president Michael Urda denied the report, telling the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin: "The Binghamton Mets have not been sold, and we have not been contacted by anyone interested in our club."

Still, the Ottawa Citizen report was very specific. It even added that NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton will continue to have baseball in 2013, but it will be in the lower-level New York-Penn League, with a team moving from Batavia, N.Y. With the Mets owning Brooklyn in that league, it appears the Mets' run in Binghamton at any level will end.

Binghamton has been the Mets' Double-A home since 1992.

B-Mets and Eastern League officials did not return ESPNNewYork.com calls Thursday, but a source familiar with the pending transaction hinted Binghamton was the Eastern League team on the move.

B-Mets, or someone, appears on move

February, 9, 2012
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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.

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