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Angels commit to paying minor league players through June

Angels owner Arte Moreno attends a game.
Angels owner Arte Moreno.
(Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

Like most teams in Major League Baseball, the Angels will pay their minor leaguers at least through the end of June, said two people familiar with the team’s decision.

The Angels will decide whether to continue disbursing the $400 weekly stipends beyond the end of the month at a later date. The determination might depend on the viability of staging a minor league season.

The Angels on Friday became the 29th team to commit to paying minor leaguers beyond May 31. The Oakland Athletics joined the list later in the day, reversing their earlier decision to end financial support of their prospects.

MLB players’ union executive director Tony Clark says players will not accept another pay cut from team owners as a condition to start the 2020 season.

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Despite no guarantee that a minor league season will be played, the Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox have committed to paying minor leaguers $400 a week through the end of August. The Reds went further, guaranteeing weekly stipends through Sept. 7. The minor league regular season typically concludes in early September.

MLB clubs agreed in March to pay their minor leaguers $400 a week through May.


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