Slowly but surely, Major League Baseball is announcing its plans for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown of baseball operations that occurred as a result.
According to an official statement from MLB (the specifics of the deal were tweeted out by Jeff Passan), Minor League players will be getting paid $400 per week from April 9 through the end of May. This money will be for MiLB players who are not on 40-man rosters. Prior to this, MLB had agreed to continue paying MiLB players their spring training honorarium cash in order to keep them afloat.
Good news: All minor league players will be receiving $400 a week from Major League Baseball teams through at least May 31, source tells ESPN. They’ll receive medical benefits, too. Announcement by the league is expected soon.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 31, 2020
This deal favours players who play at the lower levels of the minors, as they usually live on less than $400 a week while players at the higher level typically make quite a bit more than that. It’ll be interesting to see if the Blue Jays continue to pay their MiLB players more than other organizations do. $400 a week ain’t …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation