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MLB Agrees to Pay $185 Million to Settle Minor League Wage Suit

  • Minor leaguers win minimum wage guarantees, off-season pay
  • Settlement still must be approved by judge in California

Major League Baseball agreed to pay $185 million as part of a settlement with minor league ballplayers who say the league exploits them, knowing they will play for peanuts for a chance to make it to the big show.

The settlement also strikes down an MLB rule that prohibited teams from paying minor leaguers for work beyond the regular season. That prohibition had kept teams from paying players for attending spring training and instruction leagues.