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Minor League Pay Newsbeat

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

“You’ve got to pay correctly”: Rob Manfred is optimistic about negotiations to pay minor leaguers more – The Athletic

Besides improving minor league pay the league and MLBPA needs to do something about the international signing process. Both areas are a mess.

Lurking in the background, and as a point of leverage, is the possibility that MLB seeks to cull some teams or otherwise reshape some aspects of the minors. The system between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball boils down to this: the league commits to supply players and coaches to fill a certain number of teams, and in exchange, the minor-league clubs pay MLB a percentage of their ticket revenue.

MLB can argue that if its cost per player goes up, then the number of minor-league teams will need to go down. MLB could also ask that MiLB pay a higher percentage in ticket revenue.

“There are probably places in the minor leagues that both from a facility and fan-engagement perspective, I think we’re sort of at a point in time where you got to look at the system,” Manfred said. “The vast, vast majority of it’s fine. If you clean up some stuff around the edges, it creates some economic flexibility that we can use. Whether we pay or they pay, that’s a negotiation, right? But we need to do something in that area. We’re looking at all those economic issues right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league pay, pay site

Monday, June 24, 2019

Adam Eaton: Actually, The Financial Struggles Of Minor League Players Are A Good Thing

But it’s not like Eaton is making his argument from either of those perspectives. As is usually the case, he’s projecting his own thoughts and feelings from his time as a minor league players onto everyone else who’s still in that system. He thinks that struggle is good for those players because it was good for him. He thinks that those players should have it rough because he had it rough. With this logic, it’s to assume that he thinks minor leaguers would get complacent with more hospitable conditions because that’s likely what he would have done if he were in that position.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2019 at 08:06 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, minor league pay

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Blue Jays ready to embrace change, finalizing minor-league pay increase of more than 50 percent – The Athletic

This is long overdue. Hopefully, the Blue Jays will gain a competitive advantage from the change which will further incentivize other teams to do the same.

A year later, the team is in the process of finalizing a pay increase of more than 50 percent for any player who is on a roster of an affiliated minor-league club, from the lowest rung in the Dominican Summer League to the highest level at Triple A, club officials told The Athletic.

“It puts us right now up at the top of the scale in the industry,” Jays vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington said on Saturday. “My hope is it doesn’t stay that way. My hope is other teams eventually do the same.

“We hope that it allows our players to have the freedom and comfort to make some good choices, whether it’s where to live, where to eat, etc. We just feel like it’s consistent with our values of trying to be a player-centered organization and give them every resource possible to be at their best.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2019 at 12:52 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, minor league pay

Monday, March 11, 2019

MLB spring training: Teams need catchers, but don’t want to pay them

By the standards of minor league catchers in spring training, guys like Saez are the lucky ones.

MLB organizations split players into Major League and minor league camps. According to the sport’s collective bargaining agreement, only non-roster players with enough service time to be eligible for salary arbitration — “Super Two” players and above — receive the weekly expense allowances extended to rostered big-leaguers in spring training, but all players in Major League uniform for Cactus or Grapefruit League games get $95.50 in meal money for that day.

At minor-league camp — which opens in earnest this week for many clubs — players are expected to thrive on no salary, a team-provided breakfast and lunch, and a food allowance of $25 a day.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2019 at 10:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league pay, minor leaguers

 

 

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