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Revamping the MLB Farm Structure

MLB is in need of a change. I know I'm just a blogger but I have a lot of thoughts. Many of them are crazy, many are intelligent and some fall in the middle. This is a crazy one and one that is likely to never occur unless I become commisioner. Maybe if I could talk to Bud Selig about it, it would happen (it could save owners money) but I don't think I'll be chatting with him anytime soon, since he doesn't have email...

This is radical and not fully thought through, so feel free to comment on how you think it could be done or rate my insanity 2-8 in the comments, if that suits you, I don't care. I just need to get this idea out of my head.

MLB has a monopoly. They often ignore players not involved in the MLBPA, yet they control their interests. This is not fair. They sign them for a fraction of their potential value, control their rights for a borderline ridiculous amount of time and then overpay players that are past their prime, while the young players in the minors live off nothing and get treated poorly in many ways. Much of this is because of the depth and breadth of the minor leagues. So lets look into changing that.

MLB needs a pipeline for the best talent. Now, that is AA and AAA. AAA is essentially the taxi squad for the majors, as a very high percentage of AAA players are either former or future big leaguers along with a handful of unluky s.o.b.'s who will just never make it. This isn't a great place for prospects as many of these players have flat out shitty attitudes toward the young punks who will blow past them. Many of the players have glaring weaknesses the others exploit and can't adjust to eliminate them, so it is a constant struggle. Many of these players have MLB skills that could be used in one way but they aren't worth a spot on the 25 man roster.

Let's fix that problem. MLB rosters are now 40 man rosters with 25 man active rosters that are submitted each day. A 25 man roster with 15 additional spots. We can argue how frequently this roster can be adjusted, how each is limited and so on, but that is the granular portion of this.

That move essentially eliminates the need for AAA. If you don't see where I'm going yet, my goal is to eliminate the minor leagues as we know it. I'll be honest, I don't know what having MiLB affiliates really does for major league teams, other than give them a place to play. MLB shouldn't be dependant on others to function. That is inefficient.

Each year, teams draft 40 players or more in the past, and sign 20-40 of them.


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