Several Los Angeles Angels non-roster players will receive financial support amid coronavirus.
The Major League Baseball Players Association agreed to provide financial support to non-roster players who were on Spring Training rosters as of March 13 and have at least one day of Major League service, per multiple reports. These players had been left out of the agreement that will pay $170 million in salary to major leaguers until the end of May.
Non-roster players who qualify will receive supplementary income from the MLBPA’s financial assistance program. The amount of each payout will be dependent on the relevant player’s service time, starting at $5,000 (0-1 years of service), and incrementally building up to $50,000 (6+ years of service). Union director, Tony Clark, wanted to make sure that union members who had paid their dues through the years were covered in some way. The agreement is reported to cover more than 300 players.
The Angels had 21 non-roster invitees this past spring, including two of their top prospects, Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh. Of the non-roster players invited to camp, ten qualify for the payout based on their standing on the roster as of March 13 and having at least one day of MLB service time.
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Neither Adell nor Marsh will be paid under this agreement since they haven’t accumulated any time in the majors yet. The Angels optioned pitcher Hector Yan and infielder Jahmai Jones to the minors on March 10 (before the March 13 cut-off), but since both players are on the 40-man roster, they are covered as part of a separate agreement.
The Angels players who will benefit from the financial support are outlined below.
Major League Baseball announced at the end of March that minor league players would receive $400 per week in financial support until May 31. This new program will supplement that income.