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Minor leaguers to get pay raises, but major issues remain

Jordan Montgomery pitches for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, a Triple A team in the International League, last August.
Jordan Montgomery pitches for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, a Triple A team in the International League, last August. –jake danna stevens/AP

Major League Baseball decided Friday it “would move forward unilaterally’’ to raise minimum salaries for minor league players beginning next season.

In a memo obtained by the Globe, MLB executive Morgan Sword informed owners, executives, and farm directors of all 30 teams that all minor leaguers will receive pay bumps between 38 and 72 percent beginning in 2021.

MLB has always had the power to implement pay raises to players, but the timing of this one could not escape the shadow hanging over its contentious
talks with Minor League Baseball over a new Professional Baseball Agreement.