The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4 million benchmark for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts by The Associated Press. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tops players at $31 million and Los Angeles projects to open the season with a payroll at about $270 million, easily a record. ”We’re enjoying a tremendously bountiful season in baseball,” said Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner with the New York Mets.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Raul Ibanez is moving from the field to the broadcast studio.

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Mike Zunino homered and doubled, Taijuan Walker pitched seven impressive innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Monday. Robinson Cano added his first spring homer for the Mariners and is hitting .364 in exhibition play. The Angels and Mariners fielded lineups consisting mainly of the players who are likely to start on opening day next Monday when Los Angeles visits Seattle. Zunino got a playful, palms-down ”easy does it” sign from ace Felix Hernandez in the clubhouse after driving in three runs.

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Mike Trout hit his fourth spring homer for the Los Angeles Angels while rookie Joc Pederson hit his fifth home run that helped the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 win Saturday. Erick Aybar hit his first spring homer, connecting against Dodgers starter David Huff. Pederson and Alex Guerrero homered off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker. ”As the game went on, he got better,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Todd Frazier hit his fourth home run this spring and drove in four runs as the Cincinnati Reds beat a Chicago Cubs split squad 9-5 Saturday.

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Cincinnati right-hander Jason Marquis continued his strong comeback with six good innings in the Reds’ 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. Marquis, 121-114 in 14 big-league seasons, is competing for a spot in the rotation after missing all of 2014 following Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow. I’m pleased with the way he’s throwing the ball.” Andrew Heaney, acquired from the Dodgers in the Howie Kendrick trade, struggled again in his fifth start for the Angels. The left-hander, who has a 9.00 ERA this spring, is expected to be sent to the minors after manager Mike Scioscia announced he would go with a four-man starting rotation to start the season.

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You can walk or drive past any major league stadium and figure out pretty quickly which players the corresponding team views as faces of the franchise. The Los Angeles Angels are no exception to that rule. At the main entrance to Angel Stadium, six large banners each featuring the likeness of an Angels player welcome fans to the ballpark every day, and the message is simply: “These are our guys. Take’em or leave’em.” With that in mind, MLB.com points out that this season’s Angels banners have undergone some major changes despite the team making few significant changes during the offseason. Of the six banners, only Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Jered Weaver remain from last season. Basic math tells us that means three banners were removed and three new banners were put up in their place. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Here’s a look at the new banners. .  Say Halo to the new entrance #AtTheBigA ! 6 #Angels , 6 winners. RT to win a pair of tix to our 1st exhibition game! pic.twitter.com/8nwagRsFd9 — Angels (@Angels) March 26, 2015 It’s difficult to tell, but that’s Erick Aybar on the bottom left, Garrett Richards top middle, and Huston Street top right. They’re the new arrivals.  As for those removed, according to MLB.com, those would be Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson and Howie Kendrick. Kendrick goes without explanation. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney back on Dec. 11. What the Angels are likely to learn here though is that replacing Kendrick’s banner will be far easier than replacing his production from the second base position. But sometimes those are the decisions teams must make. With Hamilton it’s understandable as well. After coming forward in February and admitting a relapse reportedly involving cocaine , he could face a year-long suspension, which takes him out of the team’s plans. As cold-hearted as it might seem, they’re better off distancing themselves from a marketing standpoint while maintaining their support on a personal level. As for Wilson, well, the message is a little stiffer considering he’s still on the team and isn’t mired in any controversy. It’s simply the Angels acknowledging he’s no longer one of the team’s best players four years into a five-year, $77.5 million contract, and perhaps on a deeper level they’re acknowledging his days are numbered. [Check out The Stew's 2015 MLB division previews: NL East | AL East | NL Central ] Both potential realities are not lost on Wilson, who briefly addressed the banner removal on Friday. “It’s the big leagues,” Wilson said. “You lose 10 or 11 games, you’re not going to be the face of a franchise. It’s fine.” He’s taking it in stride, but his pride has to be a little bit sore. Especially considering he was born and raised in Orange County and grew up wanting to pitch for the hometown team. With that said though, it wasn’t just the “10 or 11 losses” that have the Angels souring, it’s the 4.81 ERA he posted last season and especially the league-high 85 walks he issued in 175.2 innings. Those are the areas Wilson has to improve on to change their mind, and he should have a chance to do so. The Angels can send all the symbolic messages they want, but it will always come down to results. If Wilson can somehow use this as motivation as opposed to the beginning of the end, then maybe he can leave the relationship on his own terms. BLS H/N: Larry Brown Sports   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: Get last-minute Fantasy Baseball advice on the latest edition of the Grandstanding podcast , then sign up for a Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball league . It’s not too late to play! – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Mike Zunino hit two home runs and Kyle Seager added a third for the Seattle Mariners, but the San Francisco Giants rallied from a four-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning with minor leaguers Saturday in a 9-8 split-squad victory. Zunino connected in the second inning off Giants starter Jake Peavy and again in the sixth off big league reliever Jeremy Affeldt. The Mariners fielded a starting lineup with eight players expected to start on opening day. The Giants had some of their regulars playing in a futures game at the same time.

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Anthony Ranaudo pitched six solid innings and Elvis Andrus, Jake Smolinski and Chris Gimenez each drove in runs for Texas before the Oakland Athletics rallied in the ninth for a 7-6 victory Friday over the Rangers. Mark Canha hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth after the Rangers scored five times over the final three innings to take the lead. A’s starter Jesse Hahn allowed a run on three hits over 5 1-3 innings in his first appearance against the Rangers. ”Of course, they learn about me too.” Former Ranger Craig Gentry doubled, tripled and scored two runs for the A’s. Stephen Vogt homered among his two hits and Ben Zobrist and Billy Butler each drove in a run.

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A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Saturday:

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