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10 things you need to know about MLB salaries

How much does Clayton Kershaw earn per pitch? How much is each Mark Teixeira home run worth? We broke down the numbers based on players' 2015 salaries.

KERSHAW CASHES IN

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has the highest salary
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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has the highest salary guaranteed to any player in MLB this year at $32,571,429. Based on his regular-season averages from the past three years, that means the lefthander will earn:
$10,159 per pitch (3,206 average)
$38,229 per batter faced (852 average)
$147,609 per inning (220 2/3 average)
$1,050,691 per game started (31 average)
$1,915,966 per win (17 average)

ON THE MARK

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira's $23,125,000 salary is
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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira's $23,125,000 salary is the highest of any New York baseball player this year. Based on his career regular-season averages, the switch hitter will earn:
$10,715 per pitch seen (2,158 average)
$42,198 per plate appearance (548 average)
$185,000 per game (125 average)
$825,892 per home run (28 average)

CLEANING UP

Batters earning the major league minimum salary this
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Batters earning the major league minimum salary this season make $507,500. Based on MLB averages from the 2014 season, that means they’ll earn:
$3,759 Per hit (135)
$7,929 per run (64)
$8,319 per RBI (61)
$39,038 per home run (13)

MOUND OF MONEY

Based on 2014 MLB averages, pitchers making league
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Based on 2014 MLB averages, pitchers making league minimum this year ($507,500) would earn:
$667 per batter faced (760)
$3,295 per strikeout (154)
$50,750 per win (10)

NOT LEFT OUT

Leftfielders are being paid a total of $299,251,409
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Leftfielders are being paid a total of $299,251,409 in 2015. If the current crop of leftfielders duplicated last season’s totals, teams would be paying:
$9,585 per plate appearance (31,220)
$42,047 per hit (7,117)
$384,148 per home run (779)

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'

Players on teams in California total $747,836,552 in
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Players on teams in California total $747,836,552 in salary this season. Those teams – the Angels, Athletics, Dodgers, Padres and Giants – combined for 445 wins last season. If they total that same mark in 2015, that’s an average of $1,680,531 per win.

OLD MONEY

Ballplayers who hang around into their 30s are
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Ballplayers who hang around into their 30s are averaging a nice payday in 2015:
- The 68 players who are 30 are averaging $6,467,319
- The 74 players who are 31 are averaging $7,066,036
- The 51 players who are 32 are averaging $8,509,926
- The 40 players who are 33 are averaging $6,051,178
- The 24 players who are 34 are averaging $7,848,341
- The 20 players who are 35 are averaging $9,181,446
- The 16 players who are 36 are averaging $9,206,718
- The 10 players who are 37 are averaging $5,232,500
- The 10 players who are 38 are averaging $7,625,000
- The 6 players who are 39 are averaging $4,983,333

CASHING IN

Players in the American League East are owed
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Players in the American League East are owed $692,519,391 in salary. The AL East teams – the Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Rays – combined to score 3,307 runs last season. If they reach that total in 2015, they will have spent an average of $209,410 each time a runner crosses the plate.

DOLLARS FOR DODGERS

The 30 players on the Dodgers’ active roster
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The 30 players on the Dodgers’ active roster and disabled list on Opening Day combined for $229,775,334 in salary. That’s an average salary of $7,659,177 per player.

DIAMONDBACKS' BUCKS

The 30 players on the Diamondbacks’ active roster
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The 30 players on the Diamondbacks’ active roster and disabled list on Opening Day have a combined salary of $64,826,500. That’s an average salary of $2,160,883 per player.

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