Major League Baseball average salary tops $3.8 million

Average Major League Baseball salary tops $3.8 million

Major League Baseball's average salary shot up to more than $3.8 million this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in 2015.

The Major League Baseball Players Assn. said the average salary was $3,818,923, up from $3,386,212 last year. The 12.78% hike was the biggest since a 12.83% rise from 2000 to 2001.

Player salaries are spurting after several years of more modest gains. The increase is fueled by record revenue in the $9-billion range, much of it from national television contracts and club deals with regional sports networks.

The average topped $1 million for the first time in 1992, crossed the $2-million barrier in 2001 and the $3-million mark in 2010.


Catcher David Ross agreed to a $5-million, two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, reuniting him with batterymate Jon Lester. Ross often caught Lester in Boston the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander's starts in the 2013 World Series victory.


Reliever Jordan Walden and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $6.6-million, two-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

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