Million-dollar salaries dropped slightly, from 453 to 448. Still, that’s nearly 53 percent of the 852 players on opening-day rosters and disabled lists. The number of $10 million players increased from 82 to 89, and $20 million stars rose from 10 to 14.
Sixty-eight players make the $480,000 minimum _ boosted from $414,000 under baseball’s new labor contract. The median salary, the point at which an equal numbers are above and below, declined by $25,000 to $1,075,000, down from a record $1,125,000 in 2009.
There were 103 players on the disabled list, nine more than at the start of last year and the most on opening day since 2008.
AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley and AP Sports Writers Mike Fitzpatrick, Will Graves, Andrew Seligman, Noah Trister and Steven Wine contributed to this report.