The winner of the annual event is set to take home $1 million beginning this season, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
That’s a lot more than in past years, as an Athletic story published in July 2017 detailed no financial incentives for Derby participants, though benefits included a $1,000 stipend.
The new rule is reportedly part of a package of proposed changes set to be announced by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association on Thursday.
Passan also detailed the rest of the proposed changes, which include
- A single July 31 trade deadline
- An All-Star Game “Election Day”
- Three-batter minimums for pitchers in 2020
- Expanded rosters from 25 to 26 in 2020
That’s the fun stuff.
MLB and the PA will begin discussing labor issues in the very near future, far before the current collective bargaining agreement expires in December 2021.
Let’s hope there’s not another strike coming.
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