Kansas City Royals Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward
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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.
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).
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
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