June 30th marks the final day that many teams had agreed to pay their minor leaguers for the 2020 season. The Dodgers were a part of that list, and fans and media alike have been clamoring for the team to extend their payments past the original agreement.
Late last night, a player within the Dodgers’ minor league system confirmed that they had indeed agreed to pay them for the next two months.
Dodgers are paying us through the end of August
— Ryan Moseley (@ryanmoseley_) June 30, 2020
Ryan Moseley is a pitcher for the AA Tulsa Drillers who was originally drafted in the 36th round back in 2013 by Dodgers’ general manager Andrew Friedman, although he was with Tampa Bay at the time. He elected to go to college and was later drafted by the Orioles in 2016 before being traded to the Dodgers in 2017.
Players like Mosely, who may still be a few seasons away from making an impact in the big leagues, are the ones who need this financial support the most. They are talented enough to be committed to the game but are too far down in the depth chart to garner any consideration to be promoted this year and be paid a prorated salary.
This extension was a mere formality from the Dodgers but a necessary one. These stipends do not come close to what the players should be earning, but they at least provide them with a steady income to help get through this crazy baseball season. Now that the minor league season will soon officially be canceled for the year, these young men must find ways to pass the time while staying in baseball shape. Hopefully, the team will extend their aid once again at the end of the August agreement.