While several major league teams have released minor league players and the A’s say they will stop paying their non-40-man roster minor leaguers at the end of the month, the Yankees continue to avoid those unfortunate and sad steps.
As of Friday, the Yankees continued to pay minor league players $400 per week and hadn’t released any. Both situations are subject to change.
With baseball’s landscape seemingly shifting hourly as major league players and owners disagree over how the players will be compensated if a season gets underway in July, situations can — and will — change.
Undoubtedly, the number of teams releasing minor leaguers is tied to the likelihood no minor league games will be played this year. Minor leaguers deemed capable of being included on a 20-man “taxi squad” should a season start would have access to workout facilities to stay ready in case they are needed at the big-league level.
According to reports the Mets, Dodgers, Marlins, Pirates, Rays, Brewers and Cardinals are paying their non-40-man roster minor leaguers $400 per week through June. And the Dodgers have help since lefty starter David Price is giving each non-40-man minor leaguer in the system $1,000.
As far as non-uniform personnel (front office, scouts, staff members, etc.), the Yankees recently told them they were going to pay them through June 15. NJ.com reported the news on May 26. In April the Yankees said they would look at the situation at the end of May.
What awaits after June 15 is unknown but the options are cutting salaries, instituting furloughs or letting people go.