In 2005, the average salary in baseball was $2,476,589. In 2006, that figure jumped up to $2,699,292 [Average MLB salary rose 9 percent in ’06]. The average MLB salary should break $3 million in the near future, which is a promising sign for athletes and agents.
Here is an interesting breakdown by position:
Third basemen had the highest average among positions ($5.87 million), followed by first basemen ($5.78 million), designated hitters ($5.59 million), outfielders ($4.88 million), starting pitchers ($4.87 million), shortstops ($4.06 million), second basemen ($2.79 million) and relievers ($1.43 million).