The amount of Minor League Baseball teams could be reduced from 160 to 120. In a report from NBC News, Major League Baseball Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem reassured Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley that along with the Iowa Cubs and the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Quad Cities River Bandits are safe from Minor League Baseball contraction.
"We have a fabulous ballpark, and a great market, and the best fans anywhere in the country so I never could believe that Minor League Baseball would want to leave the Quad Cities, but it is tremendously reassuring to hear from the deputy commissioner of Major League Baseball and our United States Senator Charles Grassley that Major League Baseball is committed to the Quad Cities and is going to be keeping an affiliate in the Quad Cities. That's awesome news" said River Bandits owner Dave Heller.
Halem did not give assurance that the Burlington Bees and Clinton LumberKings would keep Major League affiliation.