Cardinals Minor Leaguers Take Good News with Bad

With just a few days remaining until the March agreement to play minor leaguers $400 per week expired (May 31), Major League teams had not adopted a common approach going forward.

The first team news to come out this week was bad. The Oakland A’s decided to stop paying their players for the remainder of 2020. This drew negative reactions from many around the game.

On Thursday, the news from the St. Louis Cardinals was mixed. The majority will continue to receive their pay through at least the end of June, a good thing.

However, for a minority, the news was bad – career-ending bad. The Cardinals joined a number of other organizations which decided to implement another wave of player releases rather than continue to pay them.

While the 2020 minor league season has not yet been officially canceled, most expect this will be the final outcome. For 2021, the Cardinals are expected to shed two affiliates, the State College Spikes of the Short-Season Class A New York-Penn League and the Johnson City Cardinals of the Rookie Advanced level Appalachian League.

Back on March 31, 10 Cardinals minor leaguers were dropped.

St. Louis Cardinals Release 10 Minor Leaguers

Following that, the organization had 252 minor leaguers, excluding 40-man roster players. Among them are roughly 90 international players assigned to the Dominican Summer League rosters. Those academy players are not part of the $400 weekly payments.

That left about 160 Cardinals minor leaguers in the US who had been receiving the $400 each week. Seven new recruits may soon join the organization through the condensed June 10-11 First-Year Player Draft.

The newest cuts appear to be MLB-wide.

This next go-round of releases include a number of additional ex-Cardinals. Once their names are known, I will provide an update with details.


For more

In March through May 2018 and 2019, the Cardinals released 36 and 19 players, respectively. Full details are in prior versions of the Roster Matrix.

To track the status of the Cardinals’ 40-man roster as well as all players in the system by position and level, check out the Roster Matrix, always free and updated here at The Cardinal Nation. Also included is every player transaction across the full organization all year long.


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