Baseball's average salary increased 3.8 percent this year to a record $3.2 million. According to final figures released Friday by the Major League Baseball 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 New York Yankees had the highest average for the 14th consecutive season at $6.88 million. The Los Angeles Dodgers rose from 13th to second at $5.55 million and Texas from 15th to fifth at $4.89 million. At nearly $685,000 Houston had the lowest average since the 2006 Florida Marlins.
Major League Baseball's auction benefiting Stand Up to Cancer raised $152,700. A one-day public relations internship with the New York Yankees generated the highest bid at $8,125. A chance to meet the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, a Millville native and the AL rookie of the year, was next at $7,425.
Righthander Dan Haren agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals.
Outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees agreed to a $2.85 million, one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.
Reliever Randy Choate and the St. Louis Cardinals finalized a $7.5 million, three-year contract.
Reed Johnson, the top pinch-hitter in the NL last season, rejoined the Atlanta Braves with a $1.75 million, one-year contract with a club option for 2014.
The Chicago Cubs finalized a $9.5 million, two-year contract with Japanese pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa.