Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Major League Baseball has had to work through a number of logistical issues with no games taking place.
The owners and the MLB Players Association worked through a number of details on the major league level last week. Now, they have filtered some decisions down to the minors, as well.
MLB announced on Tuesday that minor league players will continue to be paid through the end of May. All players will continue to receive medical benefits.
The league-wide initiative of financial support for Minor League players has been extended through May 31st. pic.twitter.com/oBKM5JCimC— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) March 31, 2020
Previously, MLB had provided interim support through April 8, which was the original starting date for the minor league season.
Baseball insiders Jeff Passan and Bob Nightengale had some insight as to what this means.
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
So all minor leaguers will receive $400 per week for next two months pic.twitter.com/0FReauTFdt— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 31, 2020
Minor leaguers don’t make big bucks, but this keeps a cash flow going to those players.
Under contract, minor leaguers wouldn't have been eligible for unemployment. Many of them work as coaches for high schoolers during the offseason, which is off the table right now. A lot of worry about where money would come from at all. Hope this keeps some careers from ending. https://t.co/2UfZxhF0X3— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) March 31, 2020