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Salary machinations, or what's a GM to do?

A lot of kilobytes have been shed determining where the Royals are headed under the DM regime. Many have seen enough and are ready for a change. The minority (myself included) are willing to give DM more time in his position to see if he can learn a few things and get this shipwreck  turned around.

Part of the concern stems from the fact that DM has "boxed himself in" with a payroll that is near max with not much room for maneuvering. But is that really the case?

Starting with Cot's, I took the payroll numbers for 2010 and put them into spreadsheet form. I made the assumption that Jacobs, Crisp, Bale, Mahay, Buck, and Olivo would all not be back for 2010. I took a SWAG at arb increases, and here's what I came up with:

 

 

Pos'n

2010

Pena, Brayan

c

             450,000

 

Butler, Billy

1b-of

             450,000

Callaspo, Alberto

2b

             450,000

Betancourt, Yuniesky

inf

          3,375,000

Gordon, Alex

3b

          1,000,000

DeJesus, David

of

          4,700,000

 

Guillen, Jose

of

        12,000,000

Ka'aihue, Kila

dh

             425,000

Crisp, Covelli

of

             500,000

 

Teahen, Mark

inf-of

          4,000,000

Bloomquist, Willie

inf

          1,900,000

Maier, Mitch

of

             450,000

Aviles, Mike

inf

             450,000

 

Greinke, Zack

rhp

          7,250,000

Meche, Gil

rhp

        12,400,000

Bannister, Brian

rhp

          2,000,000

Hochevar, Luke

rhp

2,000,000 

Davies, Kyle

rhp

          1,500,000

 

Cruz, Juan

rhp

          3,250,000

Farnsworth, Kyle

rhp

          4,500,000

Waechter, Doug

rhp

          1,000,000

Tejeda, Robinson

rhp

          1,000,000

Rosa, Carlos

rhp

             425,000

Soria, Joakim

rhp

          3,000,000

Betancourt, Yuniesky

         (1,375,000)

TOTAL

        67,100,000

This roster would have 22 players on it and a payroll of around $66 million, as I'm assuming that Maier OR Aviles would be on the major-league roster at any point during the year, but not both. This roster would need a backup C, a CF, and at least one more relief pitcher on it, depending on if we wanted to keep 12 or 13 pitchers. If we kept Teahen, with Bloomquist we would have the ability to fill all the spots with 2 bench players besides catcher. Using this year's payroll as a guide, we would have about $10 million in payroll flexibility to add maybe a legitimate CF, or put Davies in the pen and go for another starter. Any significant trades/non-tenders (Teahen or Meche for example) would free up that much more money and/or prospect(s) to add some much-needed depth to the upper minor leagues.

While not a perfect situation, with the right moves DM could have some flexibility to make some significant improvements to next year's team and maybe get us close(r) to contention.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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