Astros To Pay Minor League Players Through Aug. 31

Brandon Scott
May 29, 2020 - 3:18 pm

(SportsRadio 610) -- The Astros will pay stipends and offer benefits to all players currently within their minor league system through Aug. 31, the team announced Friday

Minor league players were previously set to be compensated through May 31, so this decision extends the commitment. 

“With the uncertainty that our minor league players are facing currently, this decision provides our players with assurance that they will receive a paycheck through August.” Astros team owner Jim Crane said.  “We believe that this is the right thing to do.”

General manager James Click added that having a farm system of talented minor league players is a key aspect of the Astros' success. 

“We hope that continuing the stipend for our players will provide them support in these challenging times,” Click said.

The Minnesota Twins also announced they would commit to paying minor leaguers through August. The Cincinnati Reds are paying stipends to minor league players through Sept. 7.

The Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers are among the teams planning to continue paying minor leaguers the current standard $400 weekly through June. 

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price has promised to pay each minor leaguer in the Dodgers' system $1,000 of his own money in June. 

The Oakland Athletics informed their minor league players earlier in the week that they would no longer pay the $400 a week at the end of May. 

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