As far as I'm aware, any previous PBAs are basically going out the window this off-season. It's basically a free-for-all to be one of the 120 minor league teams for 2021.
Yeah basically. The "contracts" of organizational ownership are just agreements. The overall CONTRACT is for minor leagues to operate as a whole for MLB. THAT is the contract that expired. So it's not that the agreements are going away, more like the league they belonged to folded, and MLB is starting a new one in house, versus outsourced. Which then yeah basically means those agreements are null and void.
Basically, MLB is going to "purchase" the rights to 120 lucky teams (for zero dollars), and the MLB teams get to select what teams they want, the minor league club has no say, and must pay 8.5% of their revenue to MLB (they paid 8% before and .5% to minor league baseball, like an admin fee).
This is why MLB wants things kept quiet about what team's lists are, because if two clubs select the same team, they've gotta figure that out somehow. Say if both BAL and WAS claimed Bowie.
Still no word if they are going to toss the seating requirements for each level so that whatever team you deem can be AAA, AA, or A ball. Rookie and SS ball are done.
The appalaichan league will become a college wood bat league (but no idea if they expand the number of teams, currently at 10, and all are already owned by MLB).
I think that's all I really KNOW and understand out of all of this. There are going to be 40 new independent league teams out there, so more than enough room to form up leagues on their own and offer another avenue for players out of HS and college...the trick to those is going to be they are the leftovers and going to be really spread around the country, so ultimately trying to put together a couple leagues out of this probably can't logistically happen.