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Kansas City Royals Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): & Jeff Kleiner (Org Depth + Payroll Expert – find his website here)

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Whether or not the Kansas City Royals make the playoffs this year or not  – I still agree with their decision a few years back to trade Wil Myers for James Shields.

I still think they should pay a hefty sum to extend the 32 Year old RHP for 3 or 4 years beyond this year.

It would significantly open up the competitive window a little further in duration – and I think they are the 2nd best team in the AL Central, with a chance to knock on Detroit’s door shortly.

The man originally from Newhall. CA faced the most Batters in the AL for the 2013 year with 946. What was more impressive is that he was 10 - 3 with a 2.07 ERA on the road, while he struggled at Kauffman in his 1st year there, with a 3 -6 record, and a 4.37 ERA. Shields is smart though, he will learn how to pitch better in KC. Going into the 2014 year with a 100 - 82 Career Record, and  3.79 ERA is not entirely reflective of how good the guy is now.

The man originally from Newhall. CA faced the most Batters in the AL for the 2013 year with 946. What was more impressive is that he was 10 – 3 with a 2.07 ERA on the road, while he struggled at Kauffman in his 1st year there, with a 3 – 6 record, and a 4.37 ERA. Shields is smart though, he will learn how to pitch better in KC. Going into the 2014 year with a 100 – 82 Career Record, and 3.79 ERA is not entirely reflective of how good the guy is now.

This team’s payroll could reach in the $90 to $100 MIL range this year if they add a few more players to the fray,

The Royals organization has a multitude of young fireballer Starting Pitchers.  Danny Duffy is poised for his 1st full year at the MLB level – after a nice audition in 2013, that saw him contribute in meaningful games.

Yordano Ventura is also on the near horizon, but we all saw how fast 2 Starting Pitchers can have setbacks, when the Orioles lost Dylan Bundy for the year, and Kevin Gausman struggled out of the gate.

Shields anchors the Starting Rotation again for the 2014 squad.  He will make $13 5 MIL Consider that A.J. Burnett is 37, and will make $16 MIL this season, Shields is a bargain.

Anybody else surprised that Jeremy Guthrie is now 34 – and the elder statesman of the pitching staff?

He will make at least $19 MIL over the next 2 years, as he goes $8 MIL in 2014, $9 MIL in 2015 with a Team Option for 2016 at $10 MIL/or a $2 MIL Buyout.

Another reason for handing Shields an extension is these 2 Veterans can be supplanted by Duffy and Ventura eventually, but can help those youngsters bide time by eating up Innings Pitched.

Signing Jason Vargas to a 4 YRs/$32 MIL deal also solidifies this thought process further.

The Tigers are aging rapidly, and you have magically caught the White Sox and Twins in a rebuilding process right now, where the Indians have young talent, but should experience a slight progression.

The Royals fans have waited nearly 3o years to make it back to the Post Season.  Every other team has made it to the playoffs since 1993.  Only KC and Toronto have failed to make it beyond the regular season since the 1994 Strike.

The management should go all out for this franchise the next 3 – 4 years.  Realistically the core will become too expensive as times wanes on anyway.

For a bit of contrast, the hurlers make $50 MIL of the teams current $85 MIL salary.

Bruce Chen is a solid swing man they brought back for a 1 YR/$4.25 with a Mutual Option in 2015 for $5.5 MIL.  This is great insurance for the club both this year and next.

The other 2 offseason acquisitions of note, was throwing down $19.25 MIL from 2014 – 2016 for underrated 2B/INF Omar Infante, and trading for Norichika Aoki (has 1 YR left at $2 MIL this year, before becoming a FA).

2015 will see the team have Eric Hosmer as an Arbitration Eligible player for the 1st of 3 years.  Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain are also amidst the group of 2015 Arb Eligible players on offense.

The entire Bullpen as it sits right now (with the exception of Luke Hochevar) will also be Arbitration Eligible.  A relief core headed up by Greg Holland.

This team will start doling out much more money in the years to come, and will have to make some tough decisions on who stays and goes.

Billy Butler‘s contract pays him $8 MIL in 2014, and what should be a ‘no-brainer’ Team Option in 2015 for $12 MIL.  Still you could see how he might be traded at some point in the next two years.

It will be interesting to see how the brass handles this squad in the next few years.

Contract Outlook From 2014 – 2016

POS Players EXP AGE 2014 SALARY 2015 SALARY 2016 SALARY
SP1- Jeremy Guthrie 3 34 $8,000,000 $9,000,000 $10,000,000
SP2- James Shields 5 32 $13,500,000 FA
SP3- Ervin Santana 5 31 FA
SP4- Jason Vargas 5 30 $7,000,000 $8,500,000 $8,500,000
SPS- Wade Davis 6 28 $4,800,000 $7,000,000 $8,000,000
SP5- Danny Duffy 4 25 NON-ARB3 ARB1 ARB2
SPS- Bruce Chen 10 37 $4,250,000 $5,500,000
RHMR- Luke Hochevar 3 31 $5,210,000 FA
LHMR- Francisley Bueno 6 32 NON-ARB1 NON-ARB2 NON-ARB3
RHSU- Kelvin Herrera 4 24 NON-ARB3 ARB1 ARB2
RHSU- Aaron Crow 1 27 $1,475,000 ARB2 ARB3
RHSU- Louis Coleman 2 27 NON-ARB3 ARB1 ARB2
LHSU- Tim Collins 4 24 $1,362,500 ARB2 ARB3
CL- Greg Holland 4 29 $4,675,000 ARB2 ARB3
Royals Position Players EXP AGE 2014 SALARY 2015 SALARY 2016 SALARY
C- Salvador Perez 4 23 $1,500,000 $1,750,000 $2,000,000
1B- Eric Hosmer 2 24 $3,600,000 ARB2 ARB3
2B- Omar Infante 5 32 $5,000,000 $7,500,000 $7,750,000
SS- Alcides Escobar 6 27 $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $5,250,000
3B- Mike Moustakas 3 25 NON-ARB3 ARB1 ARB2
LF- Alex Gordon 2 30 $10,000,000 $12,500,000 $13,250,000
CF- Lorenzo Cain 6 27 NON-ARB3 ARB1 ARB2
RF- Norichika Aoki 0 31 $2,000,000 FA
DH- Billy Butler 5 28 $8,500,000 FA
C- Brett Hayes 6 29 $630,000 ARB2 ARB3
1B-
3B- Danny Valencia 5 30 NON-ARB3 ARB1 ARB2
3B- Jimmy Paredes 4 25 NON-ARB2 NON-ARB3 ARB1
UTL- Pedro Ciriaco 7 28 NON-ARB3 ARB1 ARB2
UTL- Miguel Tejada 6 39 FA
UTL- Johnny Giavotella 3 26 NON-ARB2 NON-ARB3 ARB1
OF- Justin Maxwell 5 29 $1,325,000 ARB2 ARB3
OF- Jarrod Dyson 4 29 NON-ARB3 ARB1 ARB2
Payrolls 2014 2015 2016
Total Budget 85827500 54750000 54750000
His curve and changeup both are well above big league average pitches and could help lift Ventura to ace level status.  He probably never be a Cy Young level pitcher, but n Royals fan will complain about rolling him out in game one of a playoff series either.

His curve and changeup both are well above big league average pitches and could help lift Ventura to ace level status. He probably never be a Cy Young level pitcher, but Royals fans will probably  never complain about rolling him out in a playoff series either. If he could make it to the Royals in 2014, he would help offset some of the costs associated with an expensive Pitching Rotation.    Ventura is not Arbitration Eligible until 2017 – and will be under Team Control until 2020.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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