It’s a start. I don’t want to spit in the face of progress because it doesn’t go quite as far as I’d like, because this is progress.
The report from the AP:
Players at rookie and short-season levels will see their minimum weekly pay raised from $290 to $400, and players at Class A will go from $290 to $500. Double-A will jump from $350 to $600, and Triple-A from $502 to $700.
Full story: https://t.co/yAtun8PcwJ
— Jake Seiner (@Jake_Seiner) February 14, 2020
Note that these are the “minimum” pay scales, so organizations could still go above that level if they really wanted to make things livable for their minor league players. Just pointing that out.
As for the pay increase, it is obviously substantial on a relative basis, though you’re still looking at full-season players making only about $11,000 to $16,000 total for the year. That’s not enough, but the change in pay is still going to make a huge difference in the day-to-day lives of these guys.
With MLB and MiLB still in a fight about how to improve minor league travel, roster size, geography, etc., it’s good to know that at least MLB decided it could unilaterally make a change on the compensation front even before the other planning is complete (the current agreement between the leagues expires in September). It’s a very small show of good faith that the league doesn’t completely cast aside the notion that it’s worth being good stewards of the game, by – among other things – simply trying to make minor league life more livable for the players who help make baseball work.