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.