Details haven't changed much but things are moving towards the unpleasant finish.
I'm sure this is fairly convenient for the Phillies, business-wise. They were already pretty tight with (and in some cases actual owners of) their affiliates.
MLB's plan, cemented in a proposal delivered to MiLB last week, reaffirms a new reality: The two organizations no longer operate as partners, if they ever were. They are superior and subordinate. And the months leading to this point have been a lesson in economics, politics and efficiency, but mostly power.
The minor league system as it has existed for decades will effectively end when the current agreement between MLB and MiLB expires Sept. 30. MiLB's offices in St. Petersburg, Florida, will be shuttered, an MLB source told ESPN, and the minors will be run out of MLB's headquarters in New York City....
Talks continued Wednesday on a new Professional Baseball Agreement, but under MLB's proposal, first reported by Baseball America:
There will be only 120 affiliated teams, four per major league team. At least 42 teams will lose their affiliations, while some independent teams could become affiliates. Minor league owners don't know which teams are on the cut list.
There will no longer be rookie and short-season Class A levels. Lower-level players will train in their major league club's spring training facilities in Arizona or Florida, but scores of paying jobs in the game will be lost.
MLB will take over merchandising, broadcast and sponsorship rights, splitting revenues 50-50 with the minor league clubs.
It wasn't detailed in MLB's proposal last week, but several MLB sources told ESPN that teams losing affiliation will be encouraged to join either amateur summer "wood bat" leagues populated by college players or become independent professional clubs. A proposal detailing those options is expected next week.