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October 19, 2019, 2:03 am

MLB discussing potential overhaul of minor-league system that would cut more than 40 teams, report says

The league could also cut down the figure of rounds in the bill of exchange

MLB discussing potential overhaul of minor-league system that would cut more than 40 teams, report says
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Major League Baseball's pact with Minor League Baseball expires at the end of the 2020 season. Negotiations for a new understanding have been ongoing -- and accordingly include some extremist suggestions that would change the sport's betterment scheme in leading ways.

According to J.J. Cooper of Baseball America, MLB has put Forth the idea of reduction the figure of minor-league teams by more than a quarter (42 teams would be cut in the according message). Additionally, MLB's message would cut down the bill of exchange to 20 rounds, cut down the figure of contractile players in each organization, and change the construction -- with some affiliates afoot up or down in level. 

Here's more from Cooper's piece:

At the core of the negotiations, MLB is sounding to dramatically better Minor League Baseball's bowl facilities as well as take power over how the minor leagues are organized as far as affiliations and the geography of leagues. Those areas have been under the power of MiLB for the past 100-plus years and would lead to a dramatic restructuring of how MiLB is governed and operates.

Another part of MLB's message is betterd pay for minor-league players. The exploitation of minor-league talent has become a widely discussed topic in recent years, with MLB even facing litigation on the matter. Don't be fooled here though -- the catch is that MLB wants to greatly cut down the figure of players employed, all the while raising the remaining players' salaries by something like 50 percent -- an amount that sounds more impressive than it is, considering the savings from the lost opportunities. 

You might wonder how eliminating so many affiliates would impact the baseball's popularity and growth potential -- after all, baseball is often referred to as a regional sport, and eliminating a quarter of the teams would seem to burn certain regions. Cooper notes that there's talk about establishing a so-called "Dream League," wherein eliminated affiliates would field teams of unbill of exchangeed free agents, serving as a not-so independent league of sorts. The financial aspects of the Dream League are mostly unclear at this point.

Predictably, there's a lot to unpack about the Dream League and nearly every aspect of the message -- and you should read Cooper's piece in whole to learn about all the specifics -- and it's worth remembering how negotiations work. But, if MLB gets its way, it seems like the minor leagues will be reshaped in the coming years -- and perhaps not in a good way.

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