First base was the highest paid position in 2010; regular starters at that position earned an average salary of $9,504,165 in compared to an overall average of $3,014,572.  Pitcher Nolan Ryan was the first player to earn an annual salary above $1 million, signing a $ million, 4-year contract with the Houston Astros in 1979.  Kirby Puckett and Rickey Henderson signed the first contracts which paid an average of $3 million a year in November 1989, while 2010 was the first season where the MLB average salary rose above that same mark.   Five of the twenty highest paid players in 2013 were members of the Yankees. Their team payroll for 2013 was $228,835,490, roughly $12 million above the second-largest Los Angeles Dodgers .  The Yankees have drawn criticism for their payroll, with some claiming it undermines the parity of MLB.