MLB reportedly discussing 'sweeping changes' to minor league pay, living conditionsMarch 19, 2019 2:17pm

Minor league baseball players could be on the verge of vast improvements in salary, living conditions and transportation.

MLB has been in discussions to make sweeping changes in the minors, according to ESPN.

With the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement in 2020, MLB is discussing several issues that have made it difficult for many minor league players to make a living.

While some players do get as much as $7 million signing bonuses when they're drafted, any player taken below the 10th round in the draft could make as little as $5,000 at signing and then about $1,160 a month before taxes at the A-ball level, according to ESPN.

Taking this into account, the Blue Jays recently elected to double the salaries of their minor league players, but that would reportedly still only pay about $12,000 per year.

"We have received many questions regarding the decision of the Toronto Blue Jays to increase the salaries of minor league players," MLB said in a statement to ESPN. "While each club makes its own decisions regarding minor league salaries, the Office of the Commissioner is presently in negotiations with the National Association of Professional Baseball on the terms of a new agreement between the major leagues and the minor leagues to replace the agreement that expires in September 2020. The working conditions of minor league players, including their compensation, facilities and benefits, is an important area of discussion in those negotiations."

It's a complicated issue which was made more difficult to comprehend after Congress inserted a cutout into a $1.3 billion spending bill which exempts teams from having to pay a $7.25 minimum wage to players at 40 hours a week.

A story last week by The Athletic highlighted difficult conditions endured by players, including not being paid during the entire length of spring training and having six players share a two-bedroom apartment to save on costs. 

 

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