It remains a mystery as to why Reinsdorf would bother saying something like this. Nobody believes that contraction is actually on the table, and there are plenty of doubts about whether or not the threats back in 2002 were all that serious.
With that said, Reinsdorf is also wrong to suggest that MLB should not be looking to expand. Considering the fact that MLB is in a period of record revenue and unprecedented labor peace, this would seem to be the perfect time to expand.
At most, two additional teams would further strengthen baseball’s brand both domestically and internationally. At the very least, two new teams would eliminate the scheduling headaches that will be created by the Houston Astros’ impending move to the American League.
So what cities could realistically be candidates for MLB expansion?