Major League Baseball announced a league-wide initiative Thursday so minor-league players can receive compensation between now and the scheduled start of the minor-league season.
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The minor-league season was scheduled to start Apr. 8. The 30 clubs will continue to work on a compensation plan beyond then.
"I think you have to commend Major League Baseball, the Pirates and the 29 other teams of stepping up and doing something for those minor-league players," Derek Shelton said in a conference call Thursday afternoon. "... Those guys are the future of major-league teams and they're very important for the sustainability for a lot of teams, especially us in Pittsburgh."
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