Figuring out a way around MLB’s antitrust exemption was the first order of business. The exemption , in place since 1922, shields teams from allegations of monopolistic business practices, such as colluding to suppress minor leaguers’ wages. But it doesn’t protect MLB from federal wage and overtime laws, which is why Broshuis’ case focuses on unpaid and extra work, from seven-day-a-week schedules to mandatory offseason workouts. McCann thinks the suit, one of a surge of sports-related cases targeting everything from concussions to college athlete unionization, signals big changes not seen since the free-agency lawsuits of the 1960s and ’70s. However, if Senne gets past MLB’s initial motion to dismiss, it will likely take years to litigate, particularly if it expands into a class-action suit.
GOLDMAN: If each team paid that amount to its roughly 250 minor leaguers, it would cost about $ million. That's a year's salary for one Major League player not quite making the average of million. Major League Baseball can afford it but doesn't think it should have to. MLB responded to an interview request by emailing a statement. It says, federal guarantees of minimum wage and overtime pay don't apply to Minor League players. The majority of those players, says MLB, are short-term, seasonal apprentices. But minor leaguers typically sign a standard seven-year contract, and they work 50 to 60 hours a week at spring training and work during the off season on baseball skills and fitness all for no pay.
A native of Gilbert, Arizona , Watson attended and played baseball at Perry High School . Despite being drafted in the later rounds of the 2015 draft, he elected to sign for a $400,000 bonus, well above the slot value.  After signing, he began his professional career with the GCL Nationals , pitching scoreless innings. After posting a ERA in 58 inning as a starter across two levels in 2016 ( Class A Short Season , with the Auburn Doubledays , and Class A Full Season , with the Hagerstown Suns ), Watson was labeled by Baseball America and Minor League Ball as a prospect to watch in the Nationals farm system.   He began 2017 with Hagerstown and was selected among several Hagerstown players to participate in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.