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The switchover of control of the minor leagues to Major League Baseball has gone into extra innings.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, was the deadline for the 120 minor league teams to sign and send back their Professional Development Licenses to confirm their spots in MLB’s new player development system.
The vast majority of teams have signed their PDLs. But Baseball America has learned there are still one or two teams that have not fully finalized their agreements. These holdups are expected to be resolved shortly, and are not likely to lead to MLB moving on to other options to fill out the 120 teams that will comprise the full-season minor leagues in 2021 and beyond.
But it does mean that the next steps are held up. Minor league teams have been long anticipating receiving and announcing their 2021 schedules.
More to come soon…