The return of Major League Baseball is just around the corner, although the 2020 season will certainly be an unconventional one.
After months of failed negotiations between the owners and MLB Players Association, there was no agreement between the two sides, forcing commissioner Rob Manfred to impose a 60-game regular season.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers will have an opportunity to return to and win the World Series, not every player in the organization will be able to take the field. The team has the ability to invite 60 players for the season, with 30 beginning the year on the active roster.
That means that only members of the 40-man roster and a handful of prospects will get the opportunity to play baseball in 2020. The Minor League season was officially cancelled, which had long been expected.
With that being the case, there is a ton of uncertainty surrounding Minor Leaguers’ immediate future considering they don’t make much money to begin with. The Dodgers previously announced they would pay all of their Minor Leaguers through the end of June, with David Price helping contribute with some of his own money.
While there has been no official announcement yet, it appears the Dodgers have now committed to paying them through the end of August, which is when the season typically ends for them. A pitcher in the Dodgers organization, Ryan Moseley, confirmed that is the case on social media:
Dodgers are paying us through the end of August
— Ryan Moseley (@ryanmoseley_) June 30, 2020
Moseley’s information was corroborated by Jorge Castillo of the L.A. Times:
The Dodgers have committed to continue paying their minor leaguers a $400 weekly stipend through August.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) June 30, 2020
The Dodgers have always been an organization that takes care of their own players, so it is good to see that remains the case during this difficult time.
Moseley is a 25-year-old who spent the 2019 season between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa. In 47 appearances between the two levels, he went 6-3 with a 2.34 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with 70 strikeouts and 35 walks in 77 innings.
Moseley and other prospects may not get the chance to play in 2020, but at least they are being taken care of financially so they can continue to work on their games before reporting to Spring Training in 2021.
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