The Mets announced today that they are getting rid of their Gulf Coast League team in St. Lucie in 2012. There was speculation that the team would be cutting ties with Kingsport.
The move was made in an effort to save the team money.
Now, before you start huffing and puffing about how horrible this is, and how it's all the Wilpons fault, calm yourself.
The Mets now have eight minor league affiliates, which is the standard number of affiliates across MLB. There are now only two other teams in MLB who have nine affiliates (Mariners and Rays).