Mets extend contract with Double-A affiliate through '20

WASHINGTON -- The Mets announced Tuesday that they have extended their player-development contract with Double-A Binghamton for four years beyond their current deal, which was set to expire after 2016. Their new contract lasts through 2020.

"We consider our affiliation with the New York Mets the crown jewel of our assets," B-Mets president Mike Urda said in a statement. "Fans can rest assured that the Binghamton Mets and New York Mets will be linked for the next six years."

The Mets' arrangement with Binghamton has proven geographically desirable, particularly when compared to their Triple-A affiliation with the Las Vegas 51s. The Mets' other top Minor League affiliates are scattered throughout the country, with Class A teams in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Savannah, Ga., and Brooklyn.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.