Decline is first since 1995

Updated: April 8, 2004, 2:24 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Just a few days into the season, baseball already has produced a startling statistic: The average salary dropped for the first time in nearly a decade.

Not that major leaguers will be sweating to make their mortgage payments. Despite the 3 percent drop from the start of last season, players on opening day rosters averaged $2.49 million, according to a study by The Associated Press.

"Maybe that's going to be the trend. Maybe it's going to start going down," said Seattle ...

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