It's gonna be OK, buddy. You'll get by.
Baseball’s benchwarmers will get for no raise next year for the same reason that the Bill Grosses of the world have gotten no interest-rate rise: The inflation is just not there. That means your average 22-year-old occasional pinch-runner and ninth-inning defensive replacement will have to settle for a mere 136% of what the average hedge-fund analyst makes.
Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that the minimum player salary for the 2016 season will remain at $507,500. Per the collective bargaining agreement with its players union, salaries were to be adjusted according to changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. But that index fell by 0.4% in the twelve months through October.
MLB Players Strike Out On Inflation [WSJ MoneyBeat blog]