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Theoretically, a polished amateur player could be drafted, sign a $10 million + signing bonus, then never play well enough to make the majors. I believe that if he is signed to a major league contract (which can be done even if he plays in the minors) that he'd be paid the league minimum of $400kish while in the minors.

Also, it is possible for someone like Barry Zito to be assigned to the minors (if he accepted the demotion) and still collect his major league salary.

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Yes...sort of. The players get the pro-rated amount. For instance, if a player is calle dup for 10 games, the league minimum is divided by the 162 games, and the player would get 10x the single game amount.

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The minor league player who is called up earns the major league minimum salary prorated for each game. I believe the minimum salary is $480,000. Divide that by 162 and you get $2,963. Roundabout. So if he plays one game in the major leagues he earns $2,963 for that game. Multiply that by however many games he plays. I've heard people say they don't earn the league minimum. But they absolutely do. Just at a per game rate. Trust me. Most minor leaguers go from earning about $400 dollars per week to about $740 dollars per at bat in the majors. It's a big difference.

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When a minor league player gets called up to the majors, they will get paid by the major league team. Many times, the minor league team is owned by the major league team.

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