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MLB News: Players Association announces financial assistance program for non-roster players

A good gesture on behalf of the union.

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The MLB Players Association made another good move on Friday announcing a program that will provide supplemental income to non-roster players with prior Major League experience. Under the program, players with at least a day of service time that were in Major League camp during spring training on a non-roster deal as of March 13 will be eligible to receive between $5,000 and $50,000 depending on their level of experience.

The program is optional so players with ample financial security can choose to opt out. This will cover players who were left out of last week’s $170 million settlement with the league that would be paid in the event that the 2020 season is canceled because they are not currently on a 40-man roster.

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