Agent Scott Boras will reportedly pay salaries of released minor league clients
Some teams aren't stepping up, but baseball's most famous agent is
Super-agent Scott Boras will reportedly pay the expected 2020 salaries of his minor league clients who have been or will be released, Jon Heyman reports on Twitter.
A number of clubs have released hundreds upon hundreds of minor leaguers in recent days and likely will continue to do so this week. Minor league players already make paltry wages, and the loss of the $400 weekly stipend could be crippling given that economies are still at least partly shut down because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As our own R.J. Anderson recently wrote, teams are shedding minor leaguers because there almost certainly will not be a minor league season in 2020. As well, teams are looking for ways to cut costs right now, and there's of course a movement afoot to significantly contract the number of teams in the affiliated minor leagues.
Some teams — the Royals, Twins, Astros, Reds, Red Sox, and Pirates — have committed to continue payment to their minor league players. Also, the Nationals recently relented to pressure and restored full stipends for their minor leaguers but only after their major league players promised to step up. Most teams, however, have already begun cutting or have not yet committed to continuing to support their minor league players. Now Boras will step into the breach.
Boras is a firebrand and is not a popular figure among rank and file fans (mostly for being good at his job), but he's indeed doing a good turn here. Yes, he's a person of substantial means, but so are the team owners who aren't similarly committed to the well being of the game's minor league players.