The Major League Baseball Players Association established a program to support non-roster players who are not covered by MLB's payments to minor leaguers, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Over 300 players will be eligible for the new program. The non-roster players have been sorted into five tiers according to service time, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Here are the potential payouts based on service time accrued:
|Service time in years||Payment|
Any non-roster player who was still in big-league camp March 13, when the league suspended spring training, is eligible. The program is voluntary and more financially secure players can opt out, Passan adds.
In late March, MLB announced a short-term plan to pay minor-league players $400 per week through the end of May but imposed eligibility restrictions. The scheme excluded players receiving housing, food, or other services from clubs and those on the restricted, voluntary retired, disqualified, or ineligible lists.