When the “Save America’s Pastime” act passed in March 2018, depriving minor leaguers of overtime pay beyond a 40-hour work week, the Blue Jays already were talking about how they could improve the compensation of players in their farm system.
A year later, the team is in the process of finalizing a pay increase of more than 50 percent for any player who is on a roster of an affiliated minor-league club, from the lowest rung in the Dominican Summer League to the highest level at Triple A, club officials told The Athletic.
“It puts us right now up at the top of the scale in the industry,” Jays vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington said on Saturday. “My hope is it doesn’t stay that way. My hope is other teams eventually do the same.
(Compensation levels for minor leaguers vary widely but Save America’s Pastime Act, for instance, brought the monthly pay of Single-A players from $1,100 to $1,160. The Athletic’s Levi Weaver wrote in depth about minor-league salaries last spring.)
For the Jays, the pay increases are the result of nearly a year of internal discussion and research, and part of an organizational philosophy to focus on the well-being of players.