MiLB.com made this announcement yesterday. It’s good news for the Timber Rattlers, the Midwest League, and all of minor league baseball.
Major League Baseball and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (NAPBL) have reached an agreement on a new six-year Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), extending through the 2020 season, it was announced today.The NAPBL leagues unanimously approved the agreement in January, followed by the unanimous approval of Major League Baseball owners.…
The agreement guarantees that Major League teams will field at least 160 National Association teams through the life of the extension by means of Player Development Contracts (PDC) and/or ownership of National Association teams.
The relationship between Major and Minor League Baseball can be summed up by Frank Sinatra’s ruminations on love and marriage — You can’t have one without the other.
The arrangement that binds the two entities is called the Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), which, most crucially, provides industry stability with its assurance that Major League Baseball will field at least 160 Minor League teams. This guarantee is formalized through Player Development Contracts (PDCs), the two or four-year agreements that bind Major League teams and Minor League affiliates.On Tuesday it was announced that Major League Baseball and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (NAPBL, the governing body of Minor League Baseball) have reached a new agreement that will extend the PBA through 2020.