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Triple-A shuffle down to three as Bisons/Blue Jays appears to be mere formality

There are only three Triple-A teams left without an affiliation for the 2013 and 2014 seasons -- the Bisons, Las Vegas 51s and Tucson Padres. And if you've been paying attention at all in the last year, it's pretty obvious how this is going to go.

Nashville (Milwaukee), Oklahoma City (Houston) and Memphis (St. Louis) all re-signed with their parent clubs Tuesday (click the team name for their story on the renewals). If you want to switch, you have to file that intention come Sunday and the Bisons are certainly going to do that. It looks like the Blue Jays and Mets are the only teams that will have different affiliates come next year.

Tucson is a temporary home for the Padres, who will stay there for 2013 and then likely have their Triple-A club in a new park El Paso, Texas in 2014. The Bisons will be signing with the Blue Jays, leaving the poor ol' Mets to join up with Las Vegas in a last-kids-picked-in-gym arrangement.

(For those of you still asking me if the Bisons might keep the Mets, forget it. Please stop! They've had all season to re-sign. They're the only International League team without a parent for next year. Doesn't take a degree in rocket science, or even journalism, to see how this one is going down.)

The Triple-A shuffle, and what it means for the Bisons and Blue Jays, will certainly be one topic we can tackle in a special Inside Pitch live chat we will host here Thursday morning at 11. Many of you probably have more thoughts about Sunday's column regarding what the Bisons can do at Coca-Cola Field. I might even have more thoughts on that one as well.

Be sure to tune in.

---Mike Harrington
(Twitter: BNHarrington) 


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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