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The following list shows the average baseball salary on opening day by year. Salaries include prorated shares of signing bonuses. In some cases, parts of salaries deferred without interest were discounted to reflect values through 2002. Player salaries in 2002 were double what they were in 1994, the year of the strike. Source: NY Times reporting of Associated Press.

YEAR AVERAGE SALARY PCT INCREASE
1989

$512,804

NA

1990

$578,930

12.9

1991

$891,188

53.9

1992

$1,084,408

21.7

1993

$1,120,254

3.3

1994

$1,188,679

6.1

1995*

$1,071,029

-9.9

1996

$1,176,967

9.9

1997

$1,383,578

17.6

1998

$1,441,406

4.2

1999

$1,720,050

19.3

2000

$1,988,034

15.6

2001

$2,264,403

13.9

2002

$2,383,235

5.2

* Notice that salaries were lower in 1995 as the result of the 1994 player strike.

Avg Salaries by Position in 2002- C $3,645,329; 1B $5,701,654; 2B $3,189,423; 3B $3,339,078; SS $4,182,703; OF $3,992,607; SP $3,315,341; RP $1,516,079; DH $6,186,224

The following list shows each MLB team with it's player salaries and winning percentage. Teams making the playoffs are in bold. It's no coincidence that all eight 1998 playoff teams had  an above average team salary ($39,699,981).
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TEAM LG 1998 Salaries PCT
BAL A 68,988,134 0.488
CLE A 59,408,500 0.549
ATL N 59,026,000 0.654
NY A 58,010,568 0.704
TEX A 55,304,595 0.543
SEA A 51,857,136 0.472
BOS A 51,477,000 0.568
CHI N 49,433,000 0.552
NY N 49,147,999 0.543
STL N 49,060,000 0.512
TOR A 48,171,000 0.543
LA N 47,800,000 0.512
COL N 45,764,648 0.475
SD N 45,378,000 0.605
HOU N 40,459,000 0.630
SF N 40,400,833 0.546
ANA A 38,302,000 0.525
CHI A 36,500,000 0.494
PHI N 34,370,000 0.463
KC A 32,962,500 0.447
FLA N 32,244,000 0.333
MIL N 32,053,012 0.457
ARI N 29,850,500 0.401
MIN A 26,182,500 0.432
TB A 24,727,500 0.389
CIN N 21,825,000 0.475
DET A 21,747,500 0.401
OAK A 19,723,000 0.457
PIT N 12,836,000 0.426
MON N 7,989,500 0.401

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