MLB agrees to pay minor league players a stipend through May

Ruben Hill
March 31, 2020

That means while some players in the upper-levels are receiving less than they would during a normal regular season, nearly every lower-level player is getting a pay raise.

"MLB is taking this additional step to continue assistance for Minor League players and their families during the unexpected postponement to the start of the season", MLB said in a statement.

The money is crucial for minor leaguers, who are not paid during the offseason.

MLB owners had originally committed to paying minor leaguers through April 8, which was the date the minor league season was supposed to begin. Teams will also be tasked with making separate arrangements to support players on Dominican Summer League rosters until May 31.

The league said that minor-league players' contracts will be formally suspended by Minor League Baseball due to the national emergency.

Minor league players are not represented by a union.

The vast majority of minor-league players were sent home shortly after MLB suspended operations on March 12 due to the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak. And MLB indicates that teams are "in the process of informing Minor League players of the suspension of their Uniform Player Contracts".

MLB's minor league initiative also does not cover players on the restricted, voluntary retired, disqualified or ineligible lists; and those already receiving housing or food from teams.

Today's announcement does not apply to players signed to Major League contracts.

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