According to information derived from Baseball Prospectus, the Royals will begin with an Opening Day payroll just over $137 million. According to AP estimates, the Royals will fall near the middle of payrolls, ranking 15th in baseball.
Not included are buyouts payments to players whose contract options were declined - $3.2 million to Jeremy Guthrie, $1.5 million to Alex Rios, and $550,000 to Jason Frasor. This amount only includes players on the Major League roster and disabled list, and does not cover incentives. Insurance can cover up to $6 million of the salary of Jason Vargas, depending on how much time he misses following Tommy John surgery. The Royals gave Salvador Perez a $6 million signing bonus this year after restructuring his deal, adding to his $2 million salary for the year. In addition to these figures, the Royals will still owe Tony Cruz his $975,000 tendered Major League contract despite optioning him to the minor leagues.
The $137 million payroll represents a 22% increase over last year's Opening Day payroll of $112 million.The Royals have not been in the upper-half of baseball in team payrolls since 1994, the last year Muriel Kauffman owned the ballclub, when the club had the seventh-highest payroll in the Major Leagues.
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