The Cardinals are going through the process of updating their minor league affiliates on whether they plan to extend contracts with them.. The Cardinals have already announced an extension with the cash strapped Memphis organization (who has one of the best ballparks in the minor leagues, which is the root cause of their financial situation).
It appears the agreements with the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Batavia Muckdogs are less likely to continue — though not impossible at this stage. Per Steve Batterson:
The Cardinals are expected to announce today that they have chosen not to renew affiliation agreements with Quad-Cities and the club’s short-season Batavia affiliate in the New York-Penn League.
If no agreement is reached by Sept. 30, teams will be assigned an affiliate by Oct. 7. All existing minor-league clubs are guaranteed a major-league affiliate.
The Quad Cities move surprises me a bit but given the plethora of Low A teams essentially on the market right now, the Cardinals may be pursuing this from a strict business sense of negotiating a new deal and the leverage that availability has created.