The Lowest Payroll in Baseball

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Last year the Royals spent $36,126,400 on their payroll. (the least in the MLB) The Yankees spent roughly $200 million dollars. That is roughly 5.5 times the Royals payroll. This year the Royals are expected to add around $22 million to $58 million after Alex Gordon and the Royals agree on an amount. Currently the highest paid Royals is Billy Butler at $8 million. After reviewing the past of the Royals and other statistics, David Glass can surely reach a cap of $70 million. At the beginning of the 2010 season the payroll was set at $72 million. A perfect fit to meet the payroll would be either Edwin Jackson or Roy Oswalt. The team could still have wiggle room because the signing of either pitcher will not even reach $70 million. After looking at the list of teams that are not spending, I have come to conclusion that in today’s day and age, a team must be in the top third in spending to have a realistic chance to win.

Although the main reason for this years low payroll is the youth. For example, the team’s best player, Eric Hosmer, is making the league minimum ($414,000). While the Royals do not have to worry about locking up Hosmer or Moustakas for the future yet, they need to have a blueprint for the future WITH these cornerstones.

Expect to see this much more in 2012

I have great confidence in Dayton Moore because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I can see the banners hanging. I can see the “K” filled with excitement. I can see the time when I can talk to my friends (even the ones that don’t like baseball) about the present Royals, not always having to look to the future but to be able to live in the present. The Chiefs and the Royals are the heart and soul of Kansas City.

While most fans have remained patient, some have broken that mold. Most fans are expecting this year to be the turn around year. I for one see this year being extremely promising but just another step on the stairs to greatness. With the division down as it is, I give the Tigers the edge over all contenders. Although Victor Martinez (the Tigers DH) will likely be out for the entire season, the Tigers have the experience and the talent to lock up the division.

All I am hoping for out of this season is to reach the next major checkpoint. The next checkpoint is to compete for the central division. I see that this young group of players can compete just as the Pittsburgh Pirates did last year. The greatest job Dayton Moore has done is creating competition among the team. For example, the bullpen could consist of a variety of faces. Also, Moore managed to keep the leadership that the team needed in Jeff Francoeur. The Royals have the youngest team in baseball. With the youth, KC fans can expect mistakes but also can expect the same feeling that came when Bo Jackson hit BOMB after BOMB into the fountains at Kauffman Stadium.

Although Moore has whiffed miserably with signings such as Jose Guillen (3 years $36 million) or Gill Meche (5 years $55 million). I still have complete confidence in his ability because of the product that will be on the field for next year. With the All-Star Game in Kansas City, this summer gives the Royals the chance to create excitement for the amazing fans of Kansas City.

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6 thoughts on “The Lowest Payroll in Baseball

    tophatal said:
    January 19, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Somehow David Glass as the owner of the Royals isn’t all that inspiring in spite of the “alleged ” so called business acumen as a former senior executive of Walmart . This ball-club hasn’t been relevant in baseball for years and it will be a long time coming before they are once again .

    tophatal ……….

    onthewayhome said:
    January 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    nice article! The amount of disparity between the highest and lowest payroll is actually sickening. I look forward to reading more of your articles!

    Please feel free to share my MLB blog with your friends!

    brewcrewfan28 said:
    January 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Good read. I like to consider myself a Royals fan, especially considering how many players they got from my team, the Brewers, haha. I wish them nothing but success and really hope their fantastic farm system can help them break through in the next couple of years.

    J. Matthew Kays said:
    January 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    MLB needs a realistic cap. For all that money, they could drive down ticket prices. Then I could afford a game or two.

      tophatal said:
      January 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      J Matthew

      Not only does baseball need a hard salary cap but they should stop with the crap of revenue sharing . Since when has any team truly benefited from it ?

      Bud Selig and his cohorts within the MLB hierarchy are some of the dumbest “##B’s on the planet from a business standpoint. And the team owners are not that far behind ! They’re still perusing the mess that they continue to overlook concerning both the Dodgers and Mets .

      tophatal ………………….

    warner82 said:
    January 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    As a Padres fan I can respect this post. I also have a newfound feeling of sadness for the Royals. You have an amazing set of young guys working their way up into the Bigs, then you see Detroit drop $214MM on one player… adding to one of the best hitters in baseball (cabrera), you have a mighty hill to climb. I don’t necessarily think that the top 1/3 of teams will always be the ones winning, but the small markets need their player development and drafts to be near flawless to compete. On top of that, when they have the inability to lock up their players to long-term deals (E.g., A-Gon) they have to “win” when they trade them away. If we can’t compete on pure salary, we must be able to compete on pure talent (see the Rays as an example).

    Nice post!

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