The Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA) between MLB and the minor leagues expires at the end of the 2020 season, meaning a new proposal and agreement are right around the corner.
However, MLB's proposal would eliminate roughly 42 minor league teams and those players would be out of work. Is that what they really want?
MLB is looking to drastically improve the minor leagues, including an upgrade over the stadium facilities and have more control over how everything is organized in terms of affiliations and things of that nature.
MiLB has had control over these types of things for over a century, and you can bet that if the league gets what they want, there would be a lot of change, including less minor league teams.
Nothing is set in stone right now, but if MLB's proposal comes into place, more than 25 percent of MiLB teams would be eliminated and every league would be tampered with, whether that be more or less teams remaining in said league.
While no one is denying that the MiLB circuit needs some level of reorganization, forcing teams to fold and in turn requiring hundreds of employees to find new jobs is a harsh proposal for a league which already doesn't have the best reputation for how they treat minor leaguers at all levels.