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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

MLB League Minimum Salary Increases

The Major League Baseball league minimum salary has increased from $400,000 to $414,000.  That has a minor impact on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their 2011 40-man payroll projection.  I had Brad Lincoln, Kevin Hart, Steve Pearce, Jose Ascanio, and Josh Rodriguez all projected under the $414,000 mark, although Rodriguez was the only one who was significantly under the new minimum.

The minimum salary for minor leaguers in their second year on the 40-man roster, or with at least one day of MLB service time also increased from $65,000 to $67,300.  That impacts Alex Presley, Joe Martinez, Daniel McCutchen, Bryan Morris, Gorkys Hernandez, and Ramon Aguero.

It’s possible that the other minor league salaries for players on the 40-man roster increased.  Last year the breakdown was:

-$32,500 for players in their first year on the 40-man roster

-$65,000 for players in their second year on the 40-man roster, or players with at least one day of Major League service time

-$97,500 for players in their third year on the 40-man roster

I would guess that the new breakdown would be $33,650, $67,300, and $100,950.

The current payroll projection for the Pirates is $41,266,300.

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