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) (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.

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.

Average baseball salary over time
(Year: Minimum, League average)
1967: $6,000, $19,000
1968: $10,000, $NA
1969: 10,000, $24,909
1970: 12,000, $29,303
1971: $12,750, $31,543
1972: $13,500, $34,092
1973: $15,000, $36,566
1974: $15,000, $40,839
1975: $16,000, $44,676
1976: $19,000, $51,501
1977: $19,000, $76,066
1978: $21,000, $99,876
1979: $21,000, $113,558
1980: $30,000, $143,756
1981: $32,500, $185,651
1982: $33,500, $241,497
1983: $35,000, $289,194
1984: $40,000, $329,408
1985: $60,000, $371,571
1986: $60,000, $412,520
1987: $62,500, $412,454
1988: $62,500, $438,729
1989: $68,000, $497,254
1990: $100,000, $597,537
1991: $100,000, $851,492
1992: $109,000, $1,028,667
1993: $109,000, $1,076,089
1994: $109,000, $1,168,263
1995: $109,000, $1,110,766
1996: $122,667, $1,119,981
1997: $150,000, $1,336,609
1998: $170,000, $1,398,831
1999: $200,000, $1,611,166
2000: $200,000, $1,895,630
2001: $200,000, $2,138,896
2002: $200,000, $2,295,649
2003: $300,000, $2,372,189
2004: $300,000, $2,313,535
2005: $316,000, $2,476,589
2006: $327,000, $2,699,292
2007: $380,000, $2,824,751
2008: $390,000, $2,925,679
2009: $400,000, $2,996,106
2010: $400,000, $3,014,572
2011: $414,000, $3,095,183
2012: $480,000, $3,213,479

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