How much will the Royals spend on payroll in 2017? It could be as much as $140 million.
Essentially, the Royals have $99.1 million committed to 12 players in 2017; they’ll pay another $6 million in buyouts for four players with mutual options; and they could have another $20-30 million on the books once they hand out arbitration raises.
Royals’ 2017 payroll obligations
Eligible for arbitration raises
INF: Cheslor Cuthbert, Ramon Torres, Raul A. Mondesi; OF: Billy Burns, Bubba Starling, Jorge Bonifacio, Paulo Orlando, Reymond Fuentes, Terrance Gore; UTL: Whit Merrifield; RHP: Alec Mills, Brooks Pounders, Kyle Zimmer, Miguel Almonte, Nick Tepesch; LHP: Brian Flynn, Matt Strahm, Scott Alexander
*must accept contract close to the league minimum, which was $507,500 in 2015 and 2016.
C: Drew Butera; RHP: Chien-Ming Wang, Dillon Gee, Peter Moylan; LHP: Tim Collins
Sources: Kansas City Star reporting; Cot’s Baseball Contracts database