So long New Orleans, hello Buffalo.
The Mets and the Buffalo Bisons have agreed to a two-year player development contract, starting next season. The Mets will house their AAA team in Buffalo, marking their third organization in so many years.
The trip from Buffalo to New York City is a lot shorter, so shuttling any players will be much easier.
According to the article on MiLB.com, this isn't the first time the Mets and Bisons have hooked up. Buffalo was the minor league affiliate for the Mets during the 1963-65 seasons.
I don't think it really matters where the players are, as long as they're managed and taught correctly. The Bisons had previously been linked to the Cleveland Indians, who have a very good young crop of players, so they must be doing something right.
Now there are three minor league affiliates for the Mets in New York state. If a player plays their cards right, they could play their whole career, both minor and major, with New York as their home base.