The Royals Opening Day roster has been announced, and in case you missed it, here are the 25 (plus three disabled list players) that will line up for Opening Day ceremonies tomorrow:
To fully understand the Royals roster, we must break it down with charts and graphs. Here is what you need to know about the 28 players that make up the Royals roster.
Royals Player Salaries
The Royals will have an opening day payroll of $115.1 million, the highest in franchise history. The salary of the average Royals player is $4,113,019, which can buy a lot of rounds at McFadden's.
|Bruce Chen buyout||$1,000,000|
|Billy Butler buyout||$1,000,000|
The Royals rank 16th in the league in Major League payroll, below the mean, although the Dodgers ridiculous payroll skews that a bit. The Braves and Padres payrolls have been updated to include their big trade.
The Royals are investing slightly more in pitching than in hitting, although remember the Royals have 15 pitchers on the opening day payroll, to just 13 hitters, due to injuries.
The notion that this is a young team is not really accurate anymore. The average age of the Royals Opening Day roster is close to 30, or pretty much washed-up in the tech world.
Where they are from
The Royals hail from twelve states and four different countries. Four the 46th consecutive season, the Royals will not have a player born in Norway.
How did they get here?
Dayton Moore has made a couple of shrewd trades to acquire talent, but the vast bulk of the team is either home grown, or signed through free agency. The Royals have invested more in free agency than ever before, although the team has yet to top the $55 million deal they made with Gil Meche back in 2007.
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How many Royals are "baseball players"
The Royals have made an emphasis during the Dayton Moore on acquiring baseball players. This year's roster reveals the Royals have made great strides in accomplishing that goal.
Could the lack of diversity in non-baseball players hurt the Royals this season? Tune in Monday, at 3:10 CT to find out!