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Royals 2013 payroll data

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With the season underway, we can lock in the Opening Day payroll numbers.

Jamie Squire

When the Royals opened the 2013 season in Chicago, they did so with a team-record payroll of over $81 million. Here's the list of players and the amount they will be paid for their efforts this season.

Player

$$$

Ervin Santana

12,000,000

James Shields

11,250,000

Alex Gordon

9,000,000

Billy Butler

8,500,000

Jeff Francoeur

6,750,000

Jeremy Guthrie

5,000,000

Luke Hochevar

4,560,000

Bruce Chen

4,500,000

Alcides Escobar

3,000,000

Wade Davis

2,800,000

Felipe Paulino*

1,750,000

Noel Arguelles*

1,380,000

Aaron Crow

1,280,000

Miguel Tejada

1,100,000

Chris Getz

1,050,000

George Kottaras

1,000,000

Salvador Perez

1,000,000

JC Gutierrez

750,000

Greg Holland

539,500

Tim Collins

534,500

Luis Mendoza

532,000

Eric Hosmer

528,250

Mike Moustakas

524,500

Elliot Johnson

520,500

Kelvin Herrera

508,175

Jarrod Dyson

506,000

Danny Duffy*

505,125

Lorenzo Cain

503,175

TOTAL

81,871,725

Data provided by Cot's Contracts.

I gave Ervin Santana $12 million because that is the amount he's owed by the Royals. The Angels are kicking in the remaining $1 million on his contract. Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino are on the disabled list and are technically counted. Noel Arguelles has a guaranteed major league contract and he counts as well.

The Royals payroll has really fluctuated over the previous ten seasons.

Royals10yearpayroll_medium

The 2005 season was after the disappointing 2004 season where the Royals "went for it" after coming close in 2003. The drop in 2008 was from shedding the Mike Sweeney contract. In recent history, the 2011 dip was the result of removing Zack Greinke and Gil Meche from the ledger.

And now, we are at 2013 and a record payroll for this team. As we've discussed before, it's a good payroll, but it could be better.

Since it's my contention the Royals are under the threshold for Mr. Glass to make a profit, the Royals fiscal strategy going forward will be interesting. If this team is in the thick of the race, will they be buyers? It appears the room is there to add payroll. That could be useful.