The New York Mets announced today that they have dropped ties with their Gulf Coast League affiliate (link). This leaves the Mets with eight minor league affiliates, which is standard for a Major League Baseball club.
Now I did a bit of research and tallied the number of affiliates for each MLB team, here’s the breakdown:
- 2 MLB teams have 9 affiliates (Mariners and Rays)
- 12 MLB teams have 8 affiliates (now including the Mets)
- 16 MLB teams have 7 affiliates
As you can see, the Mets are right smack in the middle, and actually have more minor league affiliates than most clubs. Clearly this was a cost-cutting measure and another sign of the Mets’ poor financing, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good move. Trimming the fat may be the first step to financial recovery, if the Wilpons can ever fully climb their way out of the hole they’ve dug for the team.