Major League Baseball announced on Thursday a league-wide initiative that will provide financial assistance for Minor League players for now through the originally scheduled start of the Minor League season. MLB intends to continue working with clubs to identify additional ways to support those players as a result of the delayed 2020 season.
Each player who is under a Minor League Uniform Player Contract will receive a lump sum equal to the allowances that would have been paid through April 8. The exceptions to this plan are non-40-man-roster players who are already receiving Major League allowances; players who are currently receiving housing, food or other services from Clubs; and players who were not participating in, or expected to participate in, Minor League Spring Training. MLB remains in communication with Clubs on the development of an industry-wide plan for Minor League player compensation from April 9 through the beginning of the coming season.
While not enough, it is a step in the right direction in regards to improved benefits for Minor League players who were thrust in to uncertainty following the postponement of the season.
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