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MLB announces minor leaguers to get money through May 31

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MLB will continue paying minor league players their spring training stipend through May 31

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Major League Baseball announced this morning that “it has extended the league-wide initiative of financial support for Minor League players.” That support is not paying the players their actual salaries under their minor league contracts, but is paying minor leaguers the per diem they would receive during spring training, which varies from team to team.

MLB has said that this arrangement will continue through May 31, 2020, or until the minor league season begins, whichever is earlier, though the chances of the minor league season beginning prior to May 31 appear to be non-existent. Presumably, at some point closer to May 31, when there is hopefully a clearer picture of whether or when play will begin in 2020, the league will update its plans.

This deal applies only to players currently on minor league deals who are not already being provided with room and board by their major league club. Players on major league contracts are covered by the arrangement reached between MLB and the MLBA earlier this month.