For years, MLB players enjoyed very good salary opportunities and benefits compared to minor league players.
The minimum salary for the 2023 season in MLB is $720,000.
What minor leaguers make depends on the level they play in and other factors, but it doesn’t come remotely close to that.
Things are starting to change, though.
They won’t approach the levels of MLB, or at least not at the moment, but minor leaguers are set to receive a significant salary raise and more benefits and opportunities.
“The collective-bargaining agreement for minor league players is official, sources tell ESPN. The owners voted 30-0 in favor of it, and players ratified it almost unanimously as well. It will last five years, more than double players’ pay and comes with plenty more benefits,” MLB insider Jeff Passan tweeted.
The collective-bargaining agreement for minor league players is official, sources tell ESPN. The owners voted 30-0 in favor of it, and players ratified it almost unanimously as well.
It will last five years, more than double players' pay and comes with plenty more benefits.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 3, 2023
Minor leaguers have been fighting for their rights for several years now.
In September of 2022, it was announced that minor leaguers would be joining the MLB Players Association to have a voice that helped them fight their battles.
Per CNN, players will be paid almost year-round: in the past, minor leaguers were not paid during the offseason or spring training.
This is significant and will help minor leaguers focus more on their baseball careers instead of having to look for side jobs to make it to the end of the month.
A few months ago, MLB announced that teams would now pay for housing expenses for minor leaguers.
Incredibly, this wasn’t the case before for most organizations.
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