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Is Dayton Moore running out of rope?

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Has the true upper limit of the budget been reached?

Most recent news on Furcal

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Furcal has turned down the A's 4/36 offer. Now apparently the Indians are interested. "Heyman notes that there are also two mystery teams still interested in Furcal. The Cubs are focused on a left-handed hitting outfielder, the Dodgers don't want to go more than two years, and the Braves still haven't traded Yunel Escobar, so those three don't currently make too much sense. Any guesses as to who the other two teams are?" The Royals could be one, but probably not. The only way it is possible is if Glass is even more spending flexible than we've been led to believe. Right now the projected 2009 payroll is about $71M. If the Royals were to trade away Teahen and Buck for league minimum players, that would free up $5.5M. If the Royals were to get Furcal for a 3/33 contract (which is as low as could possibly be realistic...and probably too low at that), that would then make the payroll $76.5M. Would Glass do that? Maybe. I think the combination of increased payroll and guys the Royals would have to get rid of to make this happen makes it unlikely. The fact that Furcal probably doesn't want to come play for the Royals unless they blow him away with a big offer probably makes it nearly impossible.

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