Report: MLB Weighing Playoff Expansion To 14 Teams

Under the proposal, two division winners would choose their wild-card round foe.

670 The Score Staff
February 10, 2020 - 5:44 pm

(670 The Score) MLB is considering expanding its playoffs from 10 to 14 teams and overhauling how the wild-card matchups are set, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Monday afternoon.

Under the proposal being weighed, each league would increase from five to seven teams in the playoffs with the addition of two wild cards, the Post reported. The top team in each league would then receive a bye into the divisional round, while the remaining six teams would match up in in a best-of-three wild-card round in which the club with the better record would host each game, according to the Post.

In a twist, those wild-card round matchups wouldn't be set based on record but by the better teams choosing their opponent -- presumably on a television special. The division winner with the second-best record in a league would have the first choice of which of the bottom three wild-card teams it wants to play in the opening round. The final division winner in a league would then get its choice of which of the two remaining wild-card teams it would want to play. The best wild-card entrant would then host the remaining wild card that wasn't chosen.

The timeline for this change would be the 2022 season, the Post reported.