Mailbag: Salaries?

Kevin asks:

Being that the Mets are so cost conscious, and have young promotable minor leaguers, can you explain how compensation works at the major league level for a promoted minor leaguer or someonoe signed to a minor league contract but has an spring training invite and makes the 25-man roster?

 

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Ooh, I do know the answer. Whenever a player is in the big leagues, he will receive a prorated portion of the big league minimum. In 2013, the MLB minimum will be $490,000. When he is in the minors, he receives his minor league rate.

A minor league free agent like Andrew Brown might well have signed a contract for $150,000. (I’m estimating here.)

Baseball seasons in the big leagues vary in length, by rule between 178 days and 183. By my count, the 2013 season will span 182 days (April 1 – through September 29). Thus, a big leaguer will earn $2,692.31 every day he is in the majors during the regular season.

Lets go back to Brown. Lets assume he signed a minor league deal for $150,000. Every day he is in the big leagues, he will earn an extra $1,868 over his minor league salary.

It pays to be in the big leagues.

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