We got some positive news on this fine Tuesday.
Per ESPN’s MLB insider Jeff Passan, minor league players will be receiving $400 a week through the next two months from MLB teams. On top of that, all players will be receiving medical benefits, as well.
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 news comes following another recent major decision where the MLB and MLBPA agreed on a deal that would allow major league players to accrue a year of service time even in the situation where the entire 2020 MLB season would be canceled due to the current health crisis.
The original plan for minor league players was to be paid that same stipend only through April 8, the original end date for minor league spring training. The new $400 stipend is currently more than the minimum salaries for Class-A and Double-A players, who make $290 and $350, respectively. Triple-A is used to little more at $502.
Due to the lack of games being played, players will not be responsible for mandatory clubhouse dues that are normally paid daily. With the suspension of the MLB season anyway, all minor league contracts have been terminated which means there are no individual levels to divide up the players. This pandemic has become the great equalizer amongst them all.