Major League teams will be required to provide housing to its minor league players in 2022, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
The total cost for a team to house all minor league players at home for one season, according to two executives whose teams had explored doing so before the league pursued its mandate, is less than $1 million, Passan reported.
Players and advocates for minor leaguers have been more vocal in recent years about conditions younger players were living in on their way to the big leagues.
Salary increases for minor leaguers this season bumped their minimum pay to from $290 to $500 a week at Class A, $350 to $600 a week in Double-A and $502 to $700 a week for Triple-A. For a full season, Class A players receive $12,000, Double-A $14,400 and Triple-A $16,800. Some veteran players — especially those with major league service time — receive higher salaries.
Still, with rosters moves and many places not willing to do season only leases, players were having a hard time finding a place to live, sometimes sleeping on air mattresses in their team’s stadium or even in their cars.