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Q: MLB and Minor league Minimum Saleries ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: MLB and Minor league Minimum Saleries
Category: Sports and Recreation
Asked by: loseriam-ga
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Posted: 27 Apr 2005 19:09 PDT
Expires: 27 May 2005 19:09 PDT
Question ID: 515176
I would like to know the minimum saleries for players in Major and
Minor league ball in America. I always heard there is a minumum with
the amount of years a player has and that is what I would like
answered. Is there a formular for paying players according to years
playing. Example: How much a Minor league player recieves after being
in the league lets say 4 years. And does the same hold true to Major
league players in the game for years. Also is there a difference in
salary for A ball AA ball and AAA Ball.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: MLB and Minor league Minimum Salaries
From: jfurycat-ga on 01 May 2005 11:39 PDT
$316,000 is the major league minimum salary ($300,000 in 2004). The
minimum minor league salary for players who play on teams with 40
person rosters in their second year or who have played a day in the
major league is $52,600 ($50,000 in 2004).
Major league players can negotiate to get salary hikes and can use the
union to negotiate after three years of service. There are
stipulations that allow a second year major league player to do this
(see the contract below)
You can see this information in the collective bargaining agreement
for major league baseball at

The Major League Baseball office handles minor league contracts. It states:

"First contract season: $850/month maximum. After that, open to negotiation

Alien Salary Rates: Different for aliens on visas--mandated by INS (Immigration).

Triple-A--First year: $2,150/month, after first year no less than $2,150/month

Class AA-First year: $1,500/month, after first year no less than $1,500/month

Class A (full season)--First year: $1,050/month, after first year no
less than $1,050/month

Class A (short-season)--First year: $850/month, after first year no
less than $850/month

Dominican & Venezuelan Summer Leagues--no lower than $300/month

Meal Money: $20 per day at all levels, while on the road"

It looks like minor league contracts are open for negotiation as are
major league salaries so its impossible to really say how much more
than the minimum salary caps can be earned. For example, a 4th year
Class A player cannot be paid less than $850 a month but there is no
salary cap to determine what salary a club can pay that player. The
only salary cap is for the first year of minor league service (see

To answer your question, it does not look like there is a specific
formulary based on getting more years of service. The Major League
Union is against salary caps and everything seems to be based on
performance pay, negotiation and arbitartion.

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