The Mets and the Savannah Sand Gnats just announced via a team press release that the two teams have agreed to extend their player development contract for two more years, through 2014. By the end of the term of the agreement, the Mets and Gnats relationship will be eight years long.
The quotes in the team press releases for these things are usually all happy basic stuff devoid of content, but not so here, as the Gnats enlisted Sandy Alderson to help the team make the case for a new stadium in Savannah.
Here’s the relevant passage:
“The Mets are pleased to extend our relationship with the Sand Gnats and the people of Savannah,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “Savannah is a wonderful city, and our players, coaches and scouts enjoy their time there. Grayson Stadium continues to present issues from a player development standpoint, but we are familiar with what the Sand Gnats ownership has accomplished in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and have monitored their efforts to partner with the City to create a new outdoor multi-use venue in Savannah. We hope and believe those discussions are headed in the right direction.”