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B-Mets rumored relocation appears more likely

The long running rumors proved true by a lawsuit followed by an undisclosed settlement regarding the future of the Binghamton Mets takes another turn for the worse for B-Mets fans. The Sun Journal in New Bern, North Carolina reported that on Wednesday night the city council in Kinston, NC unanimously approved a stadium lease agreement with Rangers Kinston, LCC.

Rangers Kinston, LLC is the new ownership group buying the Single-A franchise currently in Wilmington, DE. The Wilmington Blue Rocks are currently the Single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, but by the time the club is moved to Kinston, NC for the start of the 2017 season, they will be with the Texas Rangers.

This is all relevant to B-Mets fans as the sale of the Single-A Blue Rocks to the Texas Rangers was contingent on the Blue Rocks current ownership group, Main Street Baseball, LLC's purchase of the Binghamton Mets for intended relocation to bring Double-A baseball to Wilmington.

Mums the word from both the Binghamton Mets and Main Street baseball following the settlement of the lawsuit, and that silence continues. Fox 40 could not reach B-Mets President Mike Urda for comment and placed a call to Main Street Baseball CEO David Heller, but that call was not returned.

The Binghamton Mets Organization has a lease of NYSEG Stadium with the city of Binghamton through 2021, however that lease no longer dictates that the team be a Double-A team or higher.

If the Single-A club's move to Kinston does in fact mean the B-Mets will leave for Wilmington, the 2016 B-Mets season would be their last in the Southern Tier. The B-Mets have been the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets since the team's inception in 1992.