Eastern League President Joe McEachern tried to snuff out rumors that the Toronto Blue Jays’ affiliation with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats would be heading to Ottawa (along with the Double-A Binghamton Mets) in an affiliation swap with the New York Mets. McEachern said there is no chance of that happening, primarily because of a territorial rights issue with the Boston Red Sox. Read more here.
This is actually kind of silly. Assuming there is an agreement in place that prevents a major-league New York team from having an affiliation in Manchester as McEachern describes, then don’t expect a Mets or New York Yankees affiliation to end up there. However, you can bet that if a Double-A team winds up in Ottawa, it will be a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate immediately or within a year or two. An affiliation domino effect between several teams would take place as new PDCs are signed.
Thanks to John Cerone for the link.