Blue Jays boosting pay for minor leaguers by 50 per cent

Blue Jays boosting pay for minor leaguers by 50 per cent

Blue Jays boosting pay for minor leaguers by 50 per cent

Toronto Blue Jays' Anthony Alford follows through on his three-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Austin Davis during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla.

Approval from Major League Baseball is not required for teams to increase minor-league wages.

While most minor league players earn an estimated $7,500 per year, according to The Associated Press, the average salary for athletes at the big league level is more than $4 million.

According to the report, Jays vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington hopes it will lead to other teams following suit. "My hope is it doesn't stay that way". Toronto now touts eight minor-league affiliates.

Yes, increasing minor leaguers' pay by 40 to 56 per cent in one fell swoop is a momentous move, and indications exist that the Blue Jays might have triggered a trend.

The Save America's Pastime Act, which was passed as part of the $1.3 trillion USA spending bill approved by Congress last March, officially exempted Major League Baseball teams from federal wage and overtime rules.

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