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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.

Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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