Average MLB salary up to $3.2 million

Adrian Gonzalez watches his three-run home run during Adrian Gonzalez watches his three-run home run during the first inning in his Dodgers debut against the Miami Marlins. (Aug. 25, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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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.

The Yankees had the highest average for the 14th season in a row at $6.88 million, rising after consecutive declines from a peak of $7.66 million when they won the World Series in 2009.

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.

At $684,940, the Houston Astros had the lowest average since the 2006 Florida Marlins at $594,722.

The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs had their lowest averages since at least 2000. The Red Sox dropped from third to 12th at $3.3 million and the Cubs seventh to 23rd at $2.1 million.

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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 Kansas City Royals rose from last in 2011 to 26th at $2.04 million, and the Pittsburgh Pirates went up from 27th to 19th at $2.47 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.

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