Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs will raise the minimum salaries for their minor league players by at least 50 percent beginning this year. They join the Blue Jays and Giants as teams to willingly offer raises to players in their minor league systems. On Sunday, we learned that the league plans to raise salaries for minor leaguers between 38 and 72 percent beginning in 2021.
Per Gonzales, the average player in the Cubs’ system will see an extra $200 per week. Players below Double-A will see the largest percentage increase in pay, approximately 75 percent.
Minor leaguers are paid less than minimum wage and are only paid during the regular season; they are not paid during the offseason or during spring training. A 50 to 75 percent increase in pay sounds like a lot, but not when the base amount is so small. The Cubs offering raises is a step in the right direction, but their minor leaguers’ pay still can not be considered a livable wage.