At least they finished first in something — the New York Mets topped the National League in average player salary with $4.5 millon, according to figures released by MLB.
The Yankees, of course, led all of MLB for the 100th year in a row, with a $7.47M per diem. The Red Sox, surprisingly (not) came in second at $5.46M. The Dodgers were right behind the Mets at $3.99M.
In contrast, the cellar dwellers of the NL East — the Marlins and Nationals — each paid $1.29M per player.
Overall, MLB salaries were up by 4.6%, with the average closing in on $3M — $2.84M to be exact. These big paychecks no doubt are tied to MLB’s $6 Billion in revenue (projected to reach $6.5B in 2008).
Time to lace up the old spikes and give it another whirl …
About the Author
Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.