I know almost nothing about minor league baseball, but I wonder about the business side of it and how it spills up to the majors. Two excerpts from the Buffalo News article:
The Mets probably need to do something this year if they want their relationship with Buffalo to continue. The teams' two-year player development contract and it expires after the 2010 season. Minaya said the parent club is definitely interested in seeing it continue.
Mets General Manager Omar Minaya also spoke before the packed ballroom in the Adam's Mark and agreed with Collins that the Mets are making it a priority to win in Buffalo this season.
"We've been a little bit more aggressive in pursuing those '4A' free agents who can come here and do a good job," Minaya said. "We've made a focus earlier on with guys we feel will play here. We feel it's important to win here. We have a blend of guys coming up from Double-A and we want them to be with some of those veteran 4A players."
Will the AAA team be built to keep the AAA affiliate happy, or will AAA be used to have a reserve for the big club? I know the trend is to have the minor league studs at AA, and that the 4-A player is common in the minors, but "aggressive in pursuing those 4A free agents" makes me wonder what kind of cavalry can ride in from Buffalo should an injury big strike the Mets.
I'm still mad at the Bisons for not responding to our several emails. I don't mind a response that says "we don't credential bloggers" or "we don't like you and think you are ugly" but it's courteous to respond.
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