They want to have the ability to modify the Domestic Reserve List of players in the minors from 180 to around 150.
That is yet another blow for the minor leagues, which is discouraging given that it’s the organization that feeds major league teams with talent.
This comes just a bit over a year after MLB eliminated 42 minor league teams, in late 2020, and in the middle of controversies surrounding minor leaguers’ salaries.
Michael Curry, a minor league player (what better source can you think about?) revealed exactly how much money he made while playing a full season.
Minor Leaguers Are Severely Underpaid
Curry, whose 2021 season was divided between the High-A Fort Wayne TinCaps and the Double-A San Antonio Missions (both affiliates of the San Diego Padres), made exactly $11,196.42.
— Michael Curry (@MichaelCurry13) February 15, 2022
That’s for playing from April until September.
Joon Lee of ESPN had reported last year that most minor leaguers made between $8,000 and $14,000 in 2021.
That salary is a disgrace, a complete joke.
MLB can’t pretend to keep getting away with the fact that it exploits hundreds of players just because they dream about making it to the big leagues someday.
In the process, however, they are badly mistreated.
Not only there is a huge disparity between what owners make and MLB players make: there is also a huge difference between something along the lines of what Curry made last year with the majors’ minimum salary, which was $570,500 in 2021.
This is not to say MLB needs to decrease its minimum salary: this is to say that they need to pay minor leaguers a decent amount of money.
It will make the game better.