I'm thrilled that the Mets have moved their AAA club to America's Favorite Playground. Another excuse to fly into Vegas and spend a few days before driving through the desert to my in-laws in northern Arizona [going through Phoenix, except for catching a Mets-Diamondbacks game, meant experiencing stifling, 108 degree heat! Yes it's a dry heat...like being in a pizza oven!!!]
The other reason for being excited is the potential effect on the Mets hitting stats. We seem to have a farm system loaded at AA and below right now, while AAAA was filled in 2012 with tired retreads and marginal AAAAers. As Wil Flores, Aderlin Rodriguez, Reese Havens [if he is finally healthy], Cesar Puello, Greg Vaughn and other hitters reach Vegas, their stats should prosper, especially the power bats, in the desert. Which means it may increase their trade value the way decades of Dodgers' prospects looked so good using their PCL launching pad in Albuquerque for so many years. I'm still looking, as stated in other posts, to use Bay, Pelfrey, RRamirez, Torres and Acosta savings [over $20M] to buy two free agents and make trades of the platoon/out-of-position/fringe guys [Murphy, Duda, Nieuwenhuis] and minor league question marks [Mejia, Familia] to restock the bare positions in the outfield, bullpen and catcher's spot and get back in contention this year, not 2014.
Once we know what the kids can do who will reach Vegas this year we can make the bigger moves to trade for a star to help put us over the top [see Brooks, Fitzgerald, Youmans for Carter....PWilson, Goetz, etc. for Piazza....Allen & Ownbey for Hernandez] in July or next December. And Vegas may help with padding stats or just simply improving young hitters' confidence vs. the pitcher's parks they faced in St. Lucie and Brooklyn [where Ike Davis managed a single homer as a rookie]....it sure is time we developed some home grown sluggers besides Wright and Davis instead of paying fortunes [see Bay, Bonilla, Delgado, Mo Vaughn, Beltran] to sign/trade for them.