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Source: Halos to pay MiLB players through July

@RhettBollinger
July 1, 2020

ANAHEIM -- The Angels will continue to pay their Minor Leaguers a $400-per-week stipend through the end of July, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Wednesday. The club has not announced the decision. General manager Billy Eppler said Tuesday that the Angels had internal discussions about paying their Minor Leaguers

ANAHEIM -- The Angels will continue to pay their Minor Leaguers a $400-per-week stipend through the end of July, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Wednesday. The club has not announced the decision.

General manager Billy Eppler said Tuesday that the Angels had internal discussions about paying their Minor Leaguers beyond June 30, but hadn’t made a decision yet. All 30 clubs committed to paying their Minor Leaguers $400 per week through the end of May, but after that, the decision was up to the individual clubs. All 30 teams have paid their Minor Leaguers through June, and only two have yet to announce for July (also D-backs).

The 2020 Minor League season was officially canceled on Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic. But Eppler said Tuesday that he’s hopeful for a fall instructional league that would help players with their development. As of now, the only Minor Leaguers who will be participating in team activities are those in the 60-man player pool. The Angels will have a group of Minor Leaguers who are part of that pool training at Long Beach State’s Blair Field, their alternate training site.

“There are still some discussions among the clubs and the GMs about putting together a proposal for a player development program that we can potentially have in the fall,” Eppler said. “So that those who aren’t going to Blair Field can still get a number of plate appearances or innings this fall.”

Rhett Bollinger covers the Angels for MLB.com. He previously covered the Twins from 2011-18. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.