AP source: Major League Baseball agrees to five-year labor contract with union for minor leaguers
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Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) have agreed to a five-year labor contract that will benefit thousands of minor league players, according to an Associated Press (AP) source with knowledge of the situation.
The agreement, which still needs to be finalized, is expected to bring major changes to working conditions and wages for minor league players. While the details of the agreement have yet to be released, the source said it includes provisions that will provide minor league players with better wages, improved health and safety protections, and more opportunities for advancement.
The new contract comes after years of negotiations between the MLBPA and MLB. The union had long argued that minor league players were being paid too little for their services and lacked adequate protection from injury. The agreement is expected to provide minor league players with a minimum weekly salary of $400, an increase from the current $290.
The agreement is also expected to include health and safety provisions that will provide minor league players with better access to medical care, improved working conditions, and more rest between game days. Additionally, the agreement is expected to provide minor league players with more opportunities to move up to the major leagues, including a new system of evaluation that will allow players to demonstrate their skill level to MLB scouts.
The agreement is a major step forward for minor league players and is expected to benefit thousands of players who are currently part of the minor league system. It is a victory for the MLBPA, which has long advocated for better working conditions and wages for minor league players. The agreement is a sign that MLB is committed to ensuring that players are treated fairly and are given the opportunity to pursue their dreams of playing in the major leagues.