Agreement gives group of Red Sox additional support

By WEEI 93.7

Adjustments continue to be made in the world of baseball.

According to multiple reports, the Major League Players Association agreed to a program that would pay non-roster players who were still with their major league clubs on March 13 extra financial support in the form of two payouts. This would be in addition to the $400 a week the union has agreed to pay minor leaguers through May.

Players with six or more years of big-league service are eligible for $50,000, while players sitting with between 3-5 years will get $25,000. Two to three years stands at $15,000, 1-2 years is $7,500 and one day-1 year is $5,000.

The Red Sox players qualifying for such supplemental income include: Jonathan Lucroy, Rusney Castillo, Brian Johnson, Juan Centeno, Cesar Puello, John Andreoli, Marco Hernandez and Jett Bandy. Lucroy is the only member of the group to be eligible for the maximum payment.

The impetus for the agreement was to find assistance for those who have paid union dues but were not being helped by the $170 million being sent to members of 40-man rosters through May.