Michael Urda, president of the Double-A Binghamton Mets (Eastern League) has angrily denied reports that the team has been sold or contacted by anyone interested in the club. Rumor has it that the B-Mets are headed to Ottawa, and that the Single-A Batavia Muckdogs (New York-Penn League) would move to Binghamton. Below is an interesting tidbit from the Press & Sun-Bulletin Friday that points to level-of-play flexibility in the marketplace for the ownership:
The B-Mets pay $1 per year in rent for NYSEG Stadium, according to a copy of the lease renewal obtained through a Freedom of Information Act. When the B-Mets ownership group — which consists of Urda, Bill and David Maines, and George Scherer — renewed their lease in November, it did not stipulate the team needed to remain a Double-A affiliate. The original lease, signed in 1991, required ownership to maintain a minor-league affiliation for at least 10 years at ‘at least a AA standard.'”
Read more here. Thanks to Scott Allen for the link.