Say goodbye to those inflated AAA stats from your favourite Toronto Blue Jays prospects, folks; the team has found a new affiliate much closer to home.
The Blue Jays have made a deal with Buffalo that will see the team’s AAA club play there next season. Announcement coming tomorrow.
— SN 590 The FAN (@FAN590) September 18, 2012
It might not be the revival of the Ottawa Lynx in the International League…but at least it’s the International League! The Blue Jays will be the Buffalo Bisons‘ 5th MLB affiliate in the minor league club’s 33-year history, and is a move that had been rumored for some time now, with the player development contract between the Blue Jays and the Las Vegas 51s having come to an end this season. The Bison’s old MLB affiliates, the New York Mets, has also announced a deal that will see them team up with the 51’s over the next couple of years.
The move is likely to benefit the Blue Jays, at least in the proximity department to the club’s home in Toronto. It’s also possible that, with Coca-cola Field not being quite the hitter’s paradise that Cashman Field was, that there could be some change in how each minor league level is used in a particular stage of player development; perhaps there’ll be fewer pitchers called up straight from double-A in the future?
At the very least, the team will wind up saving a fair bit of money on airfare for all of those Mike McCoy call-ups/returns. Shame about the hit his air miles collection will take, though.