MLB to raise minor league salaries for 2021 season

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Ben Walker and Jake Seiner of the Associated Press report that Major League Baseball will raise the salaries of minor league players, starting with the 2021 season. The Professional Baseball Agreement expires after this season, so this change comes as a result of negotiations towards a new agreement.

The raises will range between 38 percent and 72 percent. Here are the weekly raises broken down by level:

  • Rookie and short-season: Up to $400 from $290
  • Single-A: Up to $500 from $290
  • Double-A: Up to $600 from $350
  • Triple-A: Up to $700 from $502

While the raises are nice, it is not nearly enough. This still does not guarantee minor league players a livable wage. As the Associated Press notes, Triple-A players can earn $14,000 for their five-month season and short-season players can earn $4,800 for their three-month season. Minor leaguers are not paid during the offseason or for spring training.

Major League Baseball for years lobbied Congress to prevent minor league players from earning worker protections like a minimum wage and overtime pay, earning a legislative victory last year. The raises are a fraction of what they might otherwise pay in a just society.

Last week, Minor League Baseball boasted about full rosters being included in the video game MLB The Show 20 for the first time in the game’s history. Minor leaguers sign away the rights to their names and likenesses as a result of playing in the league. They are not part of a union and thus have not had the leverage to earn back those rights. Along with their actual on-field labor, both MLB and MiLB are taking advantage of their workforce in yet another way. The marginal pay raises, to go into effect next year, do little to soften that blow.

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Free-agent ace Jacob deGrom and the Texas Rangers agreed to a $185 million, five-year contract Friday.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner leaves the New York Mets after nine seasons – the past two shortened by injuries.

After making his first start last season in early August, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 11 outings. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then opted out of his contract to become a free agent.

Texas announced the signing Friday night after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal disclosed the financial terms to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club did not announce those details.

“We are thrilled that Jacob deGrom has decided to become a Texas Ranger,” executive vice president and general manager Chris Young said in a statement. “Over a number of seasons, Jacob has been a standout major league pitcher, and he gives us a dominant performer at the top of our rotation. One of our primary goals this offseason is to strengthen our starting pitching, and we are adding one of the best.”

Texas went 68-94 last season and then hired Bruce Bochy as its new manager. The Rangers’ six straight losing seasons are their worst skid since the franchise moved from Washington in 1972.

The Rangers were big spenders in free agency last offseason, signing Corey Seager ($325 million, 10 years) and second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years).