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Mets extend partnership with Las Vegas 51s

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Just days after reports surfaced that the Mets would continue their affiliation with the Las Vegas 51s, they did just that, renewing their partnership through the 2016 season.

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In what seemed like a foregone conclusion, the Mets officially announced on Thursday that they have renewed their Player Development Contract with the Las Vegas 51s for two more years. The agreement will keep New York's Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League through 2016.

GM Sandy Alderson issued a statement on Thursday to announce the agreement.

"We have had a great partnership with the Las Vegas 51s and the city of Las Vegas, one which continues to provide player development, winning and community involvement. Maintaining continuity in Vegas is something we know will benefit our players, the city, fans and entire community."

After a long period of stability that included 37 seasons in Tidewater/Norfolk, Las Vegas is the third Triple-A franchise the Mets have been affiliated with since 2007, joining New Orleans (2007-2008) and Buffalo (2009-2012).

Led by manager Wally Backman, the 51s have won consecutive PCL Pacific Southern Division titles and enjoyed back-to-back 80-win seasons for the first time in franchise history. Prior to affiliating with New York, Las Vegas partnered with the Blue Jays (2009-2012), Dodgers (2001-2008), and Padres (1983-2000).