The Nats have played their Triple-A games in Syracuse since 2009. The Chiefs have operated at a loss every season since 2006, except in 2010.
This means the Nationals will have one more season in Syracuse, through the 2018 campaign, before they will need to find a new Triple-A club. It would seem that the affiliate the Mets are leaving, Las Vegas, would be a difficult geographical choice with flights close to four hours from D.C.
It appears the Nats had staved off the Mets’interest in 2013 to move their Triple-A club to Syracuse. General Manager Mike Rizzo and the Nats re-upped with a four-year deal to stay in Syracuse in 2014, doubling the traditional two-year pact signed between major league clubs and their affiliates.
Could the Nats work out a deal where Richmond could switch out of its Double-A deal with the Giants and become a Triple-A affiliate for D.C.?
That would be a perfect choice, being only a 90-minute drive from Nationals Park. But that is not an immediate solution, as Richmond’s deal with the Giants runs through 2020.
The Nationals had Triple-A relationships with New Orleans and Columbus prior to their 2009 move to Syracuse.