Report: MLB Would Reduce Minor League Teams, Have Complete Overhaul In Proposal

Brooklyn Cyclones Could Be Impacted In 2020

Alec Gearty
October 18, 2019 - 2:37 pm
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The landscape in Minor League Baseball could face significant changes in the near future.

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Major League Baseball proposed a plan to restructure "the lower levels of the minor leagues" and will have ramifications for roughly 40 minor league clubs across baseball, according to The New York Times' David Waldstein,

Waldstein's sources indicate lower-level teams would convert into a league filled with undrafted players, referred to as a "Dream League." MLB and MiLB will assume co-ownership of the teams in the proposal.

According to Baseball America, the MLB's proposal is to reduce the amount of minor league teams from 162 teams to 120. Those teams that are subject to the reduction will be a part of the "Dream League." The draft will also reduce from 40 rounds to anywhere from 20-25 rounds, per Baseball America's report. The undrafted players could then sign in the Dream League if they choose.

The Brooklyn Cyclones were named as one of the short-season teams likely to be impacted by the drastic change. Brooklyn, the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Mets, played in the New York-Penn League since 2001, when the team was founded.

Brooklyn, which won the 2019 New York-Penn League Championship, could convert into a full-season team if the change is enacted. The Cyclones play 75 games each season. The proposal means the Mets would lose their affiliation with the Cyclones as is the case with various organizations, according to Waldstein. 

Mets outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto began their ascent to the MLB with the Cyclones and the other Mets' short-season affiliates, rising through the team's organizational ranks. It's been a frequent site for many injured Mets' players for their rehab assignments. 

The MLB's been active in restructuring its PBA agreement in the minor leagues. The current deal won't expire until Sept. 2020.