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Jeremy Guthrie Restructures His Contract

It can't be a Dayton Moore off-season without a "mutual option"

Ed Zurga

Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has restructured the remaining two years of his contract according to Kansas City Royals beat reporter New York Post writer Joel Sherman. (h/t to Loose Seal) Guthrie had signed a back-loaded three year deal last year that was set to pay him $11 million this year and $9 million next year, but under the new terms he will earn $8 million this year, $9 million next year, and he will have the Dayton special - the mutual option added for 2016 for $10 million. The option has a $3.2 million buyout, meaning Guthrie is guaranteed the same amount of money he was before, only this opens the possibility of Guthrie pitching with the team in 2016.

Here's how the ol' payroll looks now:

Royals Payroll 2014 2015 2016 Comments
James Shields $13,500,000 Free Agent
Alex Gordon $10,750,000 $13,250,000 $12,500,000
Jeremy Guthrie $8,000,000 $9,000,000 $10,000,000 2016 mutual option; $3.2 mill buyout
Billy Butler $8,000,000 $12,500,000 Free Agent 2015 club option; $1 million buyout
Jason Vargas $7,000,000 $8,500,000 $8,500,000
Luke Hochevar $5,000,000 Free Agent
Omar Infante $5,000,000 $7,500,000 $7,750,000
Greg Holland $4,900,000 Arbitration Arbitration
Wade Davis $4,800,000 $7,000,000 $8,000,000
Eric Hosmer $4,100,000 Arbitration Arbitration
Emilio Bonifacio $3,300,000 Free Agent
Alcides Escobar $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $5,250,000
Aaron Crow $1,900,000 Arbitration Arbitration
Norichika Aoki $1,900,000 Free Agent
Salvador Perez $1,500,000 $1,750,000 $2,000,000
Noel Arguelles $1,380,000
Justin Maxwell $1,250,000 Arbitration Arbitration
Tim Collins $1,000,000 Arbitration Arbitration
Lorenzo Cain $800,000 Arbitration Arbitration
Mike Moustakas $725,000 Arbitration Arbitration
Brett Hayes $630,000 Arbitration Arbitration
Kelvin Herrera $600,000 Arbitration Arbitration
Jarrod Dyson $600,000 Arbitration Arbitration
Danny Valencia $600,000 Arbitration
Danny Duffy $600,000 Arbitration
25th man $500,000
Payroll Total $91,335,000 $62,500,000 $54,000,000

Obviously this move was done to make room to make a run at Masahiro Tanaka. Go get em Dayton! ALL IN!