Goin’ Deep With Jimmie Lee Solomon

Ever since word started filtering out over the summer, Major League Baseball's proposed changes to the lower levels of player development have been kept curiously quiet. From the shifting of the draft to the end of June to the elimination of the complex leagues, from a defined bonus structure and signing date to longer, mandatory instructional leagues, almost no executive has been willing to speak openly about the situation. Not surprisingly, the changes were among the most hotly debated topics at the recent general managers meetings in Indian Wells, Calif. On the meetings' final day, Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLB's top executive in charge of the situation, sat down for his first extended interview about what might become the most significant alterations to player development in decades.

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