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MLB notebook: Average salary rises to $3.39 million

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 7:33 p.m.
The Nationals' Jayson Werth is out at the plate as Twins catcher Ryan Doumit hangs on to the ball. The Braves acquired Doumit from the Twins on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, for left-hander Sean Gilmartin.
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The Nationals' Jayson Werth is out at the plate as Twins catcher Ryan Doumit hangs on to the ball. The Braves acquired Doumit from the Twins on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, for left-hander Sean Gilmartin.

NEW YORK — While the Yankees set another salary record, the Astros had the lowest average in the major leagues in 14 years and the attention of the players' union.

The overall big league average rose 5.4 percent this season to a record $3.39 million, according to the annual report released Wednesday by the MLB Players Association. The increase was the steepest since 2006.

The Yankees had the highest average for the 15th consecutive season at $8.17 million, breaking the mark of $7.66 million when they won the World Series in 2009. The Dodgers were second at $7.82 million.

Houston's average of $549,603 was the smallest since the 1999 Royals at $534,460.

The Pirates payroll for this season was $74.6 million, ranking 25th in the 30-team MLB.

Braves acquire C Doumit

Looking for catching depth after losing Brian McCann to free agency, the Braves acquired Ryan Doumit from the Twins for left-hander Sean Gilmartin.

The 32-year-old Doumit could share time with Evan Gattis, a rookie last season who is McCann's projected replacement as Atlanta's primary starter.

Doumit played his first seven seasons with the Pirates then spent two years in Minnesota. He hit .247 with 14 homers and 55 RBIs last season, when he started only 43 games at catcher and also played in the outfield.

Ex-Mercyhurst OF dealt

The Orioles acquired former Mercyhurst outfielder David Lough from the Royals in exchange for Danny Valencia.

Lough, 27, hit .286 with five home runs and 33 RBIs last season for the Royals. He finished eighth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.

McGehee, Marlins agree

Third baseman Casey McGehee agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Marlins.

McGehee, 31, hit .289 with 27 homers in Japan last year.

Marlins third basemen totaled three homers and 44 RBIs in 2013, worst in the majors in both categories.

McGehee played for the Pirates and Yankees in 2012 and batted .217 with nine homers in 114 games.

Report: Chavez to re-sign

Eric Chavez reached an agreement to re-sign with the Diamondbacks, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

The 36-year-old third baseman reportedly was courted by several teams but decided to return to Arizona on a one-year deal.

Chavez hit .281 with nine home runs last season. Although he played in only 80 games, his 44 RBIs were fourth-most on the team and his highest total since 2007.

Report: Padres ink Benoit

A person familiar with the situation said the Padres agreed with former Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit on a $15.5 million, two-year contract.

In his first season as Tigers closer, Benoit had 24 saves in 26 chances. But in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series, he allowed a tying grand slam by Boston's David Ortiz that was a turning point in the series.

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