In December, the Mets announced they no longer would field a Gulf Coast League team in Port St. Lucie, the latest in a series of cost-cutting moves for the organization. Now they may be forced to find a new location for their Double-A affiliate in 2013 after reports surfaced Friday that the Binghamton franchise might move to Ottawa.

With construction under way on a minor-league stadium in the Canadian capital city, the Ottawa Citizen reported Friday that the B-Mets will be the Eastern League team headed to that ballpark. But the Mets said there is nothing official on a potential move, and B-Mets president Michael Urda reportedly dismissed the idea that the affiliate will be shipped to Ottawa.

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"The Binghamton Mets have not been sold, and we have not been contacted by anyone interested in our club," Urda told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

The Mets' Double-A affiliate has played in Binghamton since 1992, but its contract is up at the end of this season. With the second-lowest attendance among the 12 teams in the Eastern League, Binghamton is vulnerable to a move, and Ottawa appears to be a significant upgrade.

Switching affiliates is not uncommon for major-league teams, and the process can be like a game of musical chairs when a number of contracts expire at the same time. The Mets jumped from New Orleans to Buffalo -- a much more convenient home for their Triple-A team -- for the 2009 season, and relocating from Binghamton also could be beneficial.

Reports suggest the Mets could move their Double-A team to New Britain, Conn., a two-hour drive from New York City, which is an hour shorter than the ride to Binghamton.