MLB average salary above 3 million for first time

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MLB average salary above 3 million for first time

Dec. 13, 2010

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NEW YORK (AP) The average salary in Major League Baseball finished over 3 million for the first time.The 912 players in the bigleagues before rosters expanded in September averaged 3,014,572, theMajor League Baseball Players Association said Monday. The average rose0.6 percent from last year's 2,996,106, the smallest increase since a2.5 percent drop in 2004.The union's opening-day averagefirst reached 3 million in 2007, but the average drops during theseason as veterans are released and replaced by younger players earningfar less. The union's average at the start of this season was3,340,133.The New York Yankees had thehighest final average at 7,604,937, down slightly from 7,663,351 whenthey won the World Series in 2009. Philadelphia rose from eighth tosecond at 5,662,551.Boston (4,821,016) remainedthird, and the Chicago White Sox (4,580,868) climbed from 12th tofourth followed by the Chicago Cubs (4,107,304), who dropped fromsecond. Houston (1,931,793) slid from 11th to 22nd.Pittsburgh was last for the second straight season at 1,140,598. Cleveland (1,205,210) dropped from 23rd to 29th.Only three of the top seventeams by average salary made the postseason, with the Yankees andPhillies joined by the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, whowere seventh at 4,042,950. The AL champion Texas Rangers were 14th at2,778,920.Also making the playoffs wereNo. 10 Atlanta, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 16 Tampa Bay and No. 19Cincinnati, which commissioner Bud Selig has pointed to as a sign thatrevenue sharing is working for the middle- and low-revenue teams.Among regulars at positions,first basemen again had the highest average at 9.5 million, with thirdbasemen (8.47 million) passing designated hitters (7.43 million) forsecond. Second basemen (4.9 million) were next, trailed by catchers(4.79 million), outfielders (4.66 million), shortstops (4.59million), starting pitchers (4.58 million) and relief pitchers (2.11million).The commissioner's office willnot determine its final figures for a few weeks. Management's numbersusually differ slightly because of different methods of calculation.

Recently released Giants pitcher signs with Braves

Recently released Giants pitcher signs with Braves

Reliever David Hernandez wasn't out of work very long.

Just two days after being granted his release by the Giants, the veteran right-hander agreed to a deal with the Braves.

Atlanta announced the deal on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Hernandez was due a $100,000 retention bonus if he was still with the Giants on March 28. But the Giants informed him that he would not be making the Opening Day roster, so he asked to be released so he could pursue other opportunities.

In six games this spring, Hernandez allowed seven hits and three earned runs in 5.2 innings.

 

Source: Kings shutting down rookie Richardson for season

Source: Kings shutting down rookie Richardson for season

It’s better to be safe than sorry. The Sacramento Kings have chosen the cautious approach to one of their young players. CSN California has confirmed that the team is shutting down rookie Malachi Richardson for the remainder of the season.

Richardson, 21, suffered a partial tear of the right hamstring on February 15 and was listed as out 4-6 weeks. While the wing has not incurred a setback, he will need the entire six weeks to heal, which places him ready to return to action with just a handful of games remaining in the schedule.

Instead of pushing Richardson back into action, the focus is now on making sure the first round selection is ready for a full slate of summer events, including Las Vegas Summer League in July.

Through 22 games, Richardson posted 3.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game for Sacramento this season.

CSN’s Kayte Christensen was first to break the news.