The Mets and Columbia Fireflies have signed a deal for the Fireflies to remain a Mets affiliate through the 2020 season. The Fireflies play in the Class A South Atlantic League.
The team has been a Mets affiliate since 2007, when they were the Savannah Sand Gnats. They moved from Savannah to Columbia and were renamed the Fireflies in 2016.
"We're excited to extend our relationship with the New York Mets through 2020," Fireflies team President John Katz said in a press release. "We've had a terrific working relationship with the Mets for over a decade, and we look forward to watching their future stars play here at Spirit Communications Park."
Last season the Fireflies were exposed to more headlines than normal as Tim Tebow began his Mets career there before being promoted to St. Lucie. In 214 at-bats with the Fireflies, Tebow hit .220/.311/.336 with 3 HR and 21 RBI.
"We are extremely happy that we will be in Columbia for at least the next three years," Sandy Alderson said. "Jason Freier, John Katz and all their staff do a terrific job for our players and for Fireflies fans."
Tebow and Firefly teammate Adonis Uceta have been invited to spring training with the Mets this season. No Firefly alum has made it to a regular season appearance with the Mets yet.