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MLB’s proposed restructuring of minors would eliminate 42 teams

There’s quite a lot going on in this article about the most recent negotiations between Major League Baseball and minor league affiliates. Here are the big takeaways:

  1. Under this proposal 42 teams, or about 25% of minor league teams, would be eliminated from affiliated baseball.
  2. There would be league consolidation and contraction based on geography.
  3. Some Triple-A teams would become Class A teams; some Class A teams would become Triple-A teams.
  4. The Northwest League would become full-season.
  5. Rounds would be eliminated from the amateur draft.
  6. The “eliminated” teams might become part of a new “Dream League,” with teams not affiliated with any major league team but associated with MLB-MiLB and rostering undrafted players who previously would have been drafted in late rounds.