Baseball's average salary increased 3.8 percent in 2012 to a record $3.2 million.
According to final figures released yesterday by the MLB Players Association, the rise was the steepest since 2007. The boost was helped by an increase in the minimum salary from $414,000 to $480,000.
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The Mets ranked 11th at $3.309 million per player.
The Los Angeles Dodgers boosted their average from 13th to second at $5.55 million, followed by the Los Angeles Angels ($5.48 million) and AL champion Detroit Tigers ($4.95 million). The Texas Rangers went from 15th to fifth at $4.89 million.
The world champion San Francisco Giants remained eighth, averaging $4.07 million. The AL West champion Oakland A's were 28th at $1.79 million.
The Miami Marlins increased from 19th to 10th after adding Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell but have traded them in the team's latest payroll slashes and will drop next year.
Figures are based on Aug. 31 rosters and disabled lists.