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Royals field $137 million Opening Day payroll for 2016

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The Royals have the 15th-highest payroll in baseball

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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.

Player 2016 Salary
Alex Gordon $12,000,000
Edinson Volquez $9,500,000
Kendrys Morales $9,000,000
Jason Vargas $8,500,000
Eric Hosmer $8,250,000
Wade Davis $8,000,000
Salvador Perez $8,000,000
Omar Infante $7,750,000
Ian Kennedy $7,500,000
Joakim Soria $7,000,000
Lorenzo Cain $6,500,000
Mike Moustakas $5,600,000
Luke Hochevar $5,500,000
Kris Medlen $5,500,000
Alcides Escobar $5,250,000
Chris Young $4,250,000
Danny Duffy $4,225,000
Kelvin Herrera $2,550,000
Mike Minor $2,000,000
Dillon Gee $2,000,000
Jarrod Dyson $1,725,000
Tim Collins $1,475,000
Yordano Ventura $1,200,000
Drew Butera $1,162,500
Chien-Ming Wang $1,000,000
Christian Colon $518,425
Paulo Orlando $514,250
Terrance Gore $507,500
Reymond Fuentes $507,500
Total $137,485,175

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.

Year Team Payroll MLB rank
1994 $40,667,375 7th
1995 $31,181,334 18th
1996 $19,980,250 24th
1997 $33,868,149 19th
1998 $35,610,000 20th
1999 $16,557,000 27th
2000 $24,468,440 29th
2001 $35,643,000 26th
2002 $47,257,000 22nd
2003 $40,518,000 29th
2004 $47,609,000 22nd
2005 $29,679,067 30th
2006 $47,294,000 26th
2007 $67,116,500 22nd
2008 $58,245,000 24th
2009 $70,908,333 21st
2010 $72,267,710 20th
2011 $36,126,400 30th
2012 $60,916,225 27th
2013 $81,491,725 19th
2014 $92,034,345 19th
2015 $113,618,655 16th
2016 $137,318,477 15th

Sources: Baseball ChronologySteve the UmpAssociated Press