Good news on the minor league front (such as it is these days), as minor league players will continue to receive at least SOME payment through the next two months.
Big league players are already being taken care of for the next two months via the MLB/MLBPA emergency agreement, and now minor league players are at least a little bit covered, too:
Minor league pay has been extended through May 31 at $400 per week. Under normal circumstances, the league minimum for a Triple-A player is $502 per week. At Double-A, it's $350 per week. – https://t.co/ODpWxZiCWA
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) March 31, 2020
Owners and league officials have been discussing for weeks a plan in which minor leaguers would be paid. As @jjcoop36, who first raised this possibility, said, the lower minor leaguers actually will get raises while the veterans will fall short of expected salaries. Still a boon.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 31, 2020
Minor league players are also going to continue to receive medical benefits during this time period.
Although the agreement to pay these players lasts through the earlier of May 31 or the start of the minor league season, we know that the CDC is barring large gatherings through at least mid-May, and a Spring Training Part Two is going to be required for all players before competition begins.
That is to say, paying the players at least through May is consistent with the best case scenario for a return to baseball.