Minimum salary to rise to $480,000 in new labor deal

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The Associated Press reports that MLB’s minimum salary will increase from $414,000 to $480,000 under the league’s new CBA set to go into effect next week.

It is expected to continue to increase over the duration of the deal and could soon top $500,000.

A couple of other new reveals:

– Super-two arbitration will not only stick around but will include a few new members each year. From now on, the top 22 percent of players with two-plus years service time will be eligible from arbitration, up from the current 17 percent.

– The luxury-tax threshold will remain at $178 million next year.

– There will be two separate tax systems in place for the signing of draft picks and international free agents. A tax of 75 percent to 100 percent of the amount exceeded will be imposed on teams that go over the threshold and there will also be some threshold that causes the loss of draft picks.

Contradicting what was reported yesterday, there will not be a tax on low-payroll teams. The subject was debated, but it appears that no system could be agreed to.

Major League Baseball told Kolten Wong to ditch Hawaii tribute sleeve

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Major League Baseball has told Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong that he has to get rid of the colorful arm sleeve he’s been wearing, pictured above, that pays tribute to his native Hawaii and seeks to raise awareness of recovery efforts from the destruction caused by the erupting Mount Kilauea.

Goold:

[Wong] has been notified by Major League Baseball that he will face a fine if he continues to wear an unapproved sleeve that features Hawaiian emblem. Wong said he will stash the sleeve, like Jose Martinez had to do with his Venezuelan-flag sleeve, and find other ways to call attention to his home island.

Willson Contreras was likewise told to ditch his Venezuela sleeve.

None of these guys are being singled out, it seems. Rather, this is all part of a wider sweep Major League Baseball is making with respect to the uniformity of uniforms. As Goold notes at the end of his piece, however, MLB has no problem whatsoever with players wearing a non-uniform article of underclothing as long as it’s from an MLB corporate sponsor. Such as this sleeve worn by Marcell Ozuna, and supplied by Nike that, last I checked, were not in keeping with the traditional St. Louis Cardinals livery:

ST. LOUIS, MO – MAY 22: Marcell Ozuna #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after recording his third hit of the game against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium on May 22, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

If Nike was trying to get people to buy Hawaii or Venezuela compression sleeves, I’m sure there would be no issue here. They’re not, however, and it seems like creating awareness and support for people suffering from natural, political and humanitarian disasters do not impress the powers that be nearly as much.