The team announced on Tuesday its decision to eliminate the a minor league team from its array of clubs scattered about the eastern half of the country. Originally believed to be its rookie team in Kingsport, TN, there is now some belief it will be the organizations Gulf Coast League team, based out of Port St. Lucie, FL. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets will inform the Gulf Coast League after the new year whether or not the franchise will pull its team from league play.
As seen above, the move could save the Mets roughly $800,000 per year moving forward. While this certainly doesn't seem like a lot of money considering the Mets sport close to a $100 million dollar payroll, it would appear that the organization will need every penny to get by. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, accurately points out that the organization will be left with eight minor league affiliates, with corresponds with the number supported by their closest neighbors, the Phillies and Yankees.