As part of the new program, players with at least one day of MLB service who were in the Major League camp with a contract without alignment on March 13 will be eligible to receive $ 5,000 (less than a year service) to $ 50,000 (six years or more) depending on their level of previous experience. The program, called the MLBPA Financial Assistance Program, is for former big leagues who were not covered by last week’s $ 170 million settlement that would be paid if a season was canceled because they are not currently on a list of 40 men. . This is an optional program, according to Rosenthal and Brown, which means that those with high financial security can choose not to participate.
Jeff Passan of ESPN add more detailed breakdown of the payment structure, indicating that players with at least one day of service but less than a full year are eligible for the minimum supplement of $ 5,000. Players between one and two years of service could accumulate $ 7,500, while players with two to three years could earn $ 15,000. Those with more than three years of service but less than six are eligible for a payment of $ 25,000, and players with more than six years of MLB service can claim the full $ 50,000.
The new program is likely to be particularly important for players in the bottom bracket – for example Pittsburgh James Marvel (22 days MLB service), Texas ” Ian Gibaut (41 days), etc. – but cannot be used by more veteran players who have made tens of millions of dollars in their careers. It does not replace the weekly allowance of $ 400 which was granted to minor leaguers until the end of May, the majority of whom will not benefit from this new program due to the fact that they have never been registered on a list of 40 men and was therefore never under the aegis of the union. Like Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets, however, the MLBPA wanted to provide additional coverage to those who had already paid union dues while spending time on a list of 40 men.