Report: MLB, union's minor leaguers agree to historic new CBA
Major League Baseball and the minor-league players of the Major League Baseball Players Association will make history by agreeing to the first-ever collective bargaining agreement for minor leaguers, union officials told ESPN's Jeff Passan.
The reported CBA, which must still be approved by MLB owners, is for five years and doubles the pay at all levels for minor-league players.
Players signing at age 19 or older would now be under club reserve for six years rather than seven, according to The Athletic's Evan Drellich.
Additionally, MLB would have the right to reduce the maximum number of players on the domestic reserve list beginning in 2024, Drellich adds. The current maximum is 180 in-season and 190 during the offseason but would be reduced to 165 in-season and 175 in the offseason.
The reported agreement comes as the court system approved a $185-million settlement between MLB and minor leaguers for backpay after nearly a decade of litigation.
Minor-league salaries and living conditions have been major points of contention between the two sides for some time.