MLB, MiLB release a joint statement regarding their negotiations

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The other day a report came out that Minor League Baseball was prepared, out of necessity, to give in to Major League Baseball’s demands that 40 minor league teams be contracted. Minor League Baseball quickly followed up with a statement that the report was inaccurate, but that negotiations were ongoing.

Just now, MLB and MiLB released a joint statement updating everyone on what’s happening. The answer, for now, is nothing:

The respective negotiating teams of Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball held a constructive meeting on Wednesday. The parties are continuing their discussions, with the goal of concluding a mutually beneficial long-term agreement in the near future.

The fact that they’re on the same page with this sort of message just a couple of months after they were at each other’s throats, with increasingly provocative and combative public statements being issued back and forth, is quite the thing. Then again, we’re living in quite a time.

It certainly suggests to me, however, that we will soon get news of a major contraction of Minor League Baseball.