While the baseball regular season is over and the post season is nearly over, there are still lots of baseball decisions that must be made to be ready for the next season. Many fans think that once a team is eliminated from post season contention that the franchise goes into some sort of hibernation until pitchers and catchers report to spring training in mid-February. That is far from the truth as each team prepares every day to make their team better. I big piece of that puzzle is the minor league system. This is where players hone their skills waiting to be called up to the major leagues. Each franchise has several minor league affiliates where they assign players to help them progress. Most minor league affiliations are contracts between major league baseball clubs and minor league franchises. These contracts can be as short as a couple of years or in some cases they have lasted for decades. For the most part there are very few changes from year to year.

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