July 11, 2019 at 8:46 am #97501
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There should be some kind of tiered payroll system for milb players. Something like:
$40k for DSL players
$45k for GSL players
$50K for Rookie League players
$55k for Advance Rookie League players
$60k for Low A players
$65k for High A players
$75k for AA players
$100k for AAA players
That would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $17.5 million per year, or $1M more than Dexter Fowler makes each season.July 11, 2019 at 9:41 am #97519
That would represent about a 1000% raise, I don’t think that’s happening.
I can’t believe that MiLB players still aren’t paid for Spring Training. That’s absurd, and it irritates the Major Leaguers (they end up footing the bill for outings with MiLB guys – and the bullpen catchers are usually pretty well-taken care of by the MLB pitchers in camp).
The momentum is starting on this, but it will move slowly. I think we should see more teams follow the Blue Jays with their pay raises.July 11, 2019 at 10:08 am #97524
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I could see something closer to half of what Gscottar suggested…$20K for DSL, $25K for GCL and SS A, $40K for A and A+, $50K for AA, $60K for AAA. These are typically young people right out of high school or college and the higher level guys take several years to advance that far. Just like in non sports situations, no one expects entry level employees to make huge $$, but they should make a livable wage based on their experience and the commitment they’re expected to have to team related activities. As such, wages increase with experience, talent and expectations.
The main reason that it is not done differently right now in MiLB is “because they can.” That is what needs to change.July 11, 2019 at 10:32 am #97526
Are you okay with having far less guys in the system, though? Because that trade-off is likely (certain) when you talk about increases that large in pay.
I’d like to hear from more actual minor leaguers on that. There are a lot of musicians who choose to chase their dreams for far less.
I’m probably okay with it, but it’s not cut and dry.July 11, 2019 at 10:51 am #97527
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Define “far less.” IMO any major reduction in staffing would be relatively short lived. Some team would exploit the market efficiency and expand their budget and then other teams would follow. Maybe not all, but the teams that care about winning would.July 11, 2019 at 11:24 am #97528
Hard to say what far less would look like, but I’m thinking one team, for sure would be gone, if not more.
If the onus was put on the local minor league teams to pay these increases, many would go belly up. So that’s probably a non-starter.
If the onus is on the MLB teams, they’d just put the new numbers into their cost/benefit analyses, and figure out what stays and what goes. They already are doing this, rich and poor teams alike. So thinking that a 500% labor cost increase wouldn’t affect the number of players carried in the minors, short or long term, defies plain logic of that.
They would draft less players, and just trim from the bottom. Almost none of those players provide any long-term WAR anyway, but under that system, Mike Piazza is an insurance guy from Racine and not Hall of Fame catcher.July 11, 2019 at 11:52 am #97529
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I was wrong on one point mentioned on this thread – MLB players are still talking strike, but I will put that info on the correct thread, as it has nothing to do with minor leaguers.July 11, 2019 at 4:50 pm #97553
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$20k in the Dominican would be like $100k in the GCL in terms of spending power. It wont be that high. Plus I am pretty sure Dominican league players get room and board at the academies.
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