New York Mets to purchase Syracuse Chiefs

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The New York Mets are planning to buy the Syracuse Chiefs and make the local club their minor-league affiliate.

The deal is contingent on approval from the stockholders.Majority ownership, as part of the board of directors, approved the deal Monday.

The Mets will purchase and operate the local club, ending decades of community ownership.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer told NewsChannel 9 he's wanted the Mets to establish a presence in Central New York 10 years ago, but they weren't interested at that time.

He said the final decision was made on Sunday, and now it's "all systems go."

Governor Andrew Cuomo also applauded the move.

"This is a home run that ensures the Chiefs stay right where they belong while the next generation of 'amazin' greats is fostered right here in Central New York," a statement from the Governor's office said.

In addition, it would mark the end of the Chiefs’ affiliation with the Washington Nationals at some point in the near future.

The arrangement is scheduled to go into effect in 2019.

The deal would last eight years.

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