The New York Mets weren't very happy when they initially had to move their Triple-A Affiliate from Buffalo to Las Vegas two years ago. In spite of persistent rumors the Mets wanted to leave Las Vegas at the earliest opportunity, it appears the Mets and the Las Vegas 51's will continue to be affiliated. The two sides are likely to extend their player development contract another two seasons, Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
The Mets would have liked to move back East next season, but the only available affiliate on the East Coast, Rochester, will likely extend their contract with the Minnesota Twins for another two years. The 51's have fared well with the Mets, posting a 158-123 record since they became the Mets' affiliate last season. The 51's have won two division titles and have seen numerous prospects reach the major leagues. The 51's are also managed by popular former Met Wally Backman, who indicated in Dewey's report that he would prefer to remain in Las Vegas if an East Coast affiliate was unavailable.
Prior to Buffalo, the Mets spent two years with a Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans and previously with the Norfolk Tides from 1969-2006.
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