The Binghamton Mets, who steadfastly denied reports earlier this year about a potential move to Ottawa, are headed north of the border as soon as the 2014 season, Baseball America reports. Writes author Josh Leventhal in the magazine:
Several sources confirmed that Binghamton would indeed be the team on the move to Ottawa, a scenario first reported by the Ottawa Citizen early in the year and denied passionately and repeatedly by Binghamton owner Michael Urda to local media. A source familiar with the negotiations also confirmed the Citizen's report that Nolan Ryan-owned Ryan-Sanders Baseball is the ownership group that plans to purchase the B-Mets. Ryan-Sanders CEO Reid Ryan declined to comment. Urda did not return a pair of interview requests from Baseball America.
The city of Ottawa announced in early September that it had reached an agreement in principle with the Eastern League to bring one of its franchises to town for the 2014 season. League president Joe McEacharn said several hurdles still need to be cleared before a deal is finalized, including a satisfactory plan to renovate 19-year-old Ottawa Stadium and a lease agreement that would not put an excessive financial burden on the club.
The Mets just signed an extension of their player-development agreement with the B-Mets for four years, through 2016. That would seem to mean they're locked into following the club to Canada for that period should this materialize.