How Minor League Baseball Players Get Paid
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There are two categories of minor league players: those with major league contracts on 40-player rosters, who are represented by the Major League Baseball Players Association, and those with minor league contracts, who are not union members:
MAJOR LEAGUE CONTRACTS
Those with major league contracts who are in the minor leagues on optional or direct assignment have a minimum salary this year of $57,200 for the six-month season if they play under a first league contract major, and $114,100 if they play in a second major league or later. Contract. The vast majority of players in this category play Triple-A, with many of them shuttling between the major leagues. If called up to the majors, the minimum wage is $700,000, which works out to $3,846 for each day in the majors.
MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTS
The minimum wage is $400 per week at the rookie level, $500 at Class A, $600 at Double-A, and $700 at Triple-A. Major League Baseball says 63% of players on opening day minor league rosters this year had salaries above the minimum and that players are also receiving health care, tuition assistance, accommodation, meals and per diems during the season.
Among residents of the United States and Canada, which are subject to the baseball draft, amateurs signing initial minor league contracts receive signing bonuses, most of $20,000 and more. Last year, first-round picks received between $7,922,000 and $1.8 million, and players in the top 75 picks received at least $747,500. About 95 players received less than $20,000 each among the roughly 740 draft-eligible players who signed.
Among residents of other nations, who are international amateur free agents, the 43 highest bounties last year were $1 million or more. There were 370 players among approximately 520 signings who received signing bonuses of $20,000 or more and approximately 150 who received less than $20,000.
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