The Ottawa Citizen has more to the story of the Nation’s Capital’s quest for Double-A baseball today, reporting that “minor-league sources have earmarked the Binghamton Mets as the franchise being bought and moved to Ottawa.”
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is following the report, and the non-denial denials of Binghamton’s ownership, on Twitter– where he says “someone in the know” emailed him a shuffle scenario that would see the Jays in Ottawa, the Mets in New Britain and the Minnesota Twins in New Hampshire– and in a report where he too had sources that hinted Binghamton was on the move.
John Lott of the National Post gets in on the action, quoting Alex Anthopoulos saying that he “absolutely” intends to seek another renewal of the club’s affiliation with New Hampshire, praising the club’s relationship with the Fisher Cats and claiming that all of these reports are news to him.
Maybe so. But I don’t expect that Alex would be quite yet inclined to torch his relationship with the Eastern League club, nor do I believe the Jays– whose agreement with the Fisher Cats expires after this season– would let a good relationship with a minor league affiliate stand in the way of pushing forward their national marketing strategy in a big way. An affiliate in Ottawa makes far too much sense for me to not believe this is really happening. Which, of course, is a pretty terrible reason to believe something, but for the moment, I’m sticking by it.