Baltimore Sun



Minor leagues:

The Senate Judiciary Committee intends to hold a hearing on Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption as it relates to the employment of players in the minor leagues. There are two categories of minor league players: those with major league contracts on 40-man rosters, who are represente­d by the Major League Baseball Players Associatio­n, and those with minor league contracts, who are not unionized. Major league contracts: Those with major league contracts who are in the minor leagues on optional or outright assignment­s have a minimum salary this year of $57,200 for the six-month season if playing under a first major league contract, and $114,100 if playing under a second or later major league contract. The vast majority of players in this category are playing at Triple-A, many of them shuttling back and forth to the major leagues. If called up to the majors, the minimum salary is $700,000 — which comes to $3,846 for each day in the big leagues. Minor league contracts:The minimum salary is $400 weekly at rookie level, $500 at Class A, $600 at Double-A and $700 at Triple-A. Major League Baseball says 63% of players on opening day minor league rosters this year had salaries above the minimum and players also receive health care, tuition assistance, housing, meals and per diem during the season. Signing bonuses: Among residents of the U.S. and Canada, who are subject to baseball’s draft, amateurs signing initial minor league contracts receive signing bonuses, most $20,000 and up. First-round picks last year received $7,922,000 to $1.8 million, and players among the top 75 selections received at least $747,500. About 95 players received under $20,000 each from among the roughly 740 draft-eligible players who signed. Among residents of other nations, who are internatio­nal amateur free agents, the 43 highest bonuses last year were $1 million or more. There were 370 players among roughly 520 signing who received signing bonuses of $20,000 or more and about 150 who received under $20,000.

Rangers: All-Star Corey Seager left the Rangers’ game against the Angels on Thursday night with a bruise on his lower right leg. Seager got three hits off Shohei Ohtani for the Rangers, but he fouled a pitch off his leg in the fifth inning. Seager delivered an RBI double moments later to put the Rangers up 2-0. Seager didn’t come back out for the sixth, with Marcus Semien moving over to shortstop. Josh H. Smith came in from left field to play second, and Elier Hernandez took Seager’s No. 2 spot in the order.

Mets, Reds: With the trade deadline drawing closer, the first-place Mets have been busy getting better from the left side of the plate. The Mets acquired left-handed-hitting outfielder Tyler Naquin and lefty reliever Phillip Diehl from the Reds on Thursday night in a deal for two teenage minor leaguers. The Reds received outfielder Hector Rodríguez and right-hander Jose Acuña. It was the second time in seven days the Mets traded for a left-handed hitter with some pop. They upgraded at DH last week, acquiring Daniel Vogelbach from the Pirates for rookie reliever Colin Holderman. Naquin, a first-round draft pick 10 years ago, was batting .246 with seven homers and 33 RBIs in 56 games for the Reds, who are last in the NL Central.

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