The Minor League Baseball, or farm system, is comprised of three levels of players below those on Major League Baseball teams. Minor leaguers make considerably less each year than their MLB counterparts, but each player can be called up to a major league team if he is playing well during the season. Players are paid according to salary ranges set by the MLB office, which handles minor league contracts. The following salary ranges are as of 2010.
Players can earn up to $1,100 per month in Class A, AA and AAA minor leagues. The exact salary of each player is determined by a written contract with the league. Players in the Dominican and Venezuelan Summer leagues must bring home a minimum of $300 per month.
After First Season
Each player can negotiate his salary with the league after one season. There are minimum salary requirements, though. Class A players must make at least $1,050 per month, Class AA players must earn at least $1,500 monthly and Class AAA players must earn at least $2,150 monthly.
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Players who are not American citizens playing in the United States are subject to a different pay scale that is not released by Minor League Baseball. The rates for players on visas is mandated by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.
While traveling, players are given a daily meal stipend of $25. Players on minor league teams spend approximately half of the baseball season on the road.