Over the weekend Aristides Aquino was in his home country of the Domincan Republic and getting ready to begin play in the winter leagues with his team the Tigres del Licey. He was scheduled to begin playing this week – in what was likely to be the first winter in which he would see plenty of playing time in the league. That may no longer be the case.
Hector Gomez of z101 Sports in the Dominican Republic reports that Aristides Aquino’s debut, which was supposed to happen Tuesday, won’t be happening because he has not reached a salary agreement with Licey. I’ve translated the quote from Aquino via Google Translate
I want fans of @tigresdellicey to know that I play with my heart and give myself 100% to the team. The only thing I am demanding is that I be treated fairly, since it is difficult to assimilate that imported the Dominicans are paid better than us. It is not something personal. What it is about is that the Dominican player is valued fairly. When one is out of work in organized baseball or has a season below us they say: “this is what is there for you; or take it or leave it. “If we accept a salary below our level, then that affects the other players in the Minor Leagues“
Good for Aristides Aquino. As a player who has gone to the Major Leaguers and broken records, and proven the kind of player that he is, he is the type of player who can stand up for the group of players with lesser power. Players in the minors do not get paid very well unless they are on the 40-man roster. Where many players can actually make money is in the winter leagues, playing in the Dominican Republic or Mexico. The leagues in those countries draw good crowds and are a big deal.
Updated at 1:12pm
Hector Gomez just reported the salary dispute numbers. Aristides Aquino is reportedly asking for $17,000 per month, while his team is offering $10,000 per month.
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) November 12, 2019