MLB, MLBPA reach tentative agreement on historic CBA for minor leagues

MLB, MLBPA reach tentative agreement on historic CBA for minor leagues
from Mike Santa Barbara with

Less than 24 hours from Opening Day, Major League Baseball has taken a historic step forward regarding pay for its prospects.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan — and relayed by union officials — the MLB Players Association and league have agreed on the first collective bargaining agreement for minor league players.

The agreement includes a bump in pay for all levels from Low-A to Triple-A. Per Passan, the players’ pay should at least double and they will receive checks year-round, aside from six weeks during the winter.

The new minor league CBA comes after years of calls for upheaval to the current system. Last July, MLB settled a federal lawsuit in relation to the issue, agreeing to pay minor leaguers $185 million for minimum wage and overtime violations.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has been outspoken about the topic, telling reporters last season that he rejected the “premise” that minor league players do not make a living wage.

Now, months later, the two sides have seemingly found some common ground. However, as Passan cautions, there are still details to iron out.

“Player leaders have ratified the deal, and it is tentative until the rank-and-file agree, which the union expects,” Passan said. “Similarly, MLB owners need to agree after the league office negotiates.”

Last season, some minor leaguers earned as little as $400 a week, making Wednesday’s CBA deal a massive step in the right direction for players seeking even a hint of financial stability while they chase their Major League dream.

Despite the positive measures, the pay raise still does not come close to what many would consider a living wage. There remains much work to do in this arena.