2:53 PM ET
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players in 2021, according to a memo sent Friday from the commissioner’s office to all 30 teams and obtained by The Associated Press.
Two years after successfully lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from federal minimum wage laws, MLB opted to give those players a wage increase between 38% and 72%. The bump was discussed at last week’s owners meetings and confirmed in the memo from Morgan Sword, executive vice president of baseball economics and operations.
Players at rookie and short-season levels will see their minimum weekly pay raise from $290 to $400, and players at Class A will go from $290 to $500. Double-A will jump from $350 to $600 and Triple-A from $502 to $700.
Minor leaguers are paid only during the five-month season and don’t receive wages during the offseason or spring training.
“Much deserved,” tweeted Ben Verlander, who pitched five minor league seasons and is the younger brother of Houston Astros star Justin. “We’d put in 12 hours a day at the baseball field and all we ask for in return is a livable