Dancing in September: MLB call-ups are worth $63,421

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Starting tomorrow teams will call up minor leaguers in bunches as the big-league roster expands from 25 to 40 players for September.

While reaching the big leagues is the main attraction for most of the call-ups, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York points out another benefit: Four weeks in the majors is worth $63,421 in salary, which is about what a typical Triple-A player makes in a season.

Sure, some of the call-ups will be top-ranked prospects who already secured six- and seven-figure signing bonuses and have long futures earning big bucks in the majors, but for a lot of these guys the call-up essentially doubling their salary for the year is a pretty big deal.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.