Minor league baseball players have reportedly reached a tentative agreement on a landmark collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with Major League Baseball.
ESPN reported Tuesday night that the first collective bargaining agreement of its kind will more than double player pay, among other things that minor league baseball has wanted for quite some time.
This was always the plan when minor leaguers voted to unionize last year under the MLB Players Association.
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ESPN says the deal is expected to last five years before it needs to be renewed.
Player salary in minor league baseball compared to the major leagues is a big difference, but this CBA is meant to close that gap a bit.
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Starting at Triple-A, pay will increase per year from $17,500 to $35,800, followed by Double-A from $13,800 to $30,250, High-A from $11,000 to $27,300, Low-A from $11,000 to $26,200 and Complex League from $4,800 to $19,800.
Players will also get paid during spring training and the offseason, albeit a «dead period,» which is the Thursday before Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.
After the minor leaguers unionized last year, the MLBPA became their representation in the negotiation with the MLB for the new CBA. It has been a battle for these players to see increases in salary, as well as adequate housing during the season.
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This CBA is a giant step in the direction they were hoping to find after unionization.
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«As members of the union, minor league players have been empowered with a collective voice to determine the terms and conditions of their employment. First, the MLBPA and its minor league members are focused on negotiating the first-ever Collective Bargaining Agreement minor leaguers, that the hope will ensure long-needed improvements in the treatment of players and make our game better for players and fans alike,» the MLBPA site states.