Baseball’s average salary: $3.2 million

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Or, Shane Victorino is four times better than average:

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 Yankees had the highest average salary for the 14th year in a row at $6.88 million. The Astros had the lowest at $685,000.

You may all now start your silly “they get that much for playing a kids’ game?!” ignorance, all the while never questioning how much revenue ballplayers generate for their teams’ billionaire owners.

Report: Rockies close to signing Bryan Shaw

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rockies are close to an agreement with free agent reliever Bryan Shaw. According to two of his sources, the agreement is nearly done.

Shaw, 30, has spent the last five seasons in the Indians’ bullpen. Over that span of time, mostly setting up for closer Cody Allen, Shaw put up an aggregate 3.11 ERA with a 333/119 K/BB ratio in 358 2/3 innings.

The Rockies have been in hot pursuit of bullpen help after losing Greg Holland and Pat Neshek to free agency. Shaw would certainly represent a significant improvement in the bullpen.