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Danny Duffy, the Royals’ rebuild and other big questions

The winter meetings are over. The Royals spent the week at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort fielding calls and texts from baseball executives interested in Danny Duffy and Scott Alexander and Whit Merrifield and Kelvin Herrera. And the rebuild is coming. So The Star’s Rustin Dodd is here to answer reader questions.

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Royals are seeking to unload payroll this offseason. Here are the numbers

One year after their payroll approached a club-record $150 million, the Royals arrived at this week’s winter meetings with more than $115 million in salary commitments for 2018 and a strong desire to pare down. The mission to subtract could manifest itself in a number of different moves. It also comes with the club still publicly pursuing free agent Eric Hosmer, a first baseman who could command a contract worth more than $100 million.

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Danny Duffy responds to trade rumors: ‘Bury me a Royal’

Inside their suite at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Royals officials have spent this week’s winter meetings receiving texts and phone calls from rival teams inquiring about the availability of starting pitcher Danny Duffy. The Royals are listening, but Duffy has made his preference clear.

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Life after Lorenzo Cain? Royals could turn to Orlando, Gordon, Burns or Starling

Facing a sizable hole in center field assuming Lorenzo Cain leaves via free agency, Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Tuesday that the club would look internally first, seeking to utilize Paulo Orlando, Billy Burns and possibly Alex Gordon at the position in 2018. Former first-round pick Bubba Starling is positioned to make his major-league debut as well after an inconsistent rise through the system, though he will likely start the season in the minor leagues.

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With Ohtani and Stanton off the board, is Eric Hosmer next?

For weeks, the sagas of Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani have dominated an offseason landscape defined by a free-agent market in gridlock. As the Winter Meetings begin this week, attention will turn to a free-agent class led by Eric Hosmer, outfielder/designated hitter J.D. Martinez and starting pitcher Yu Darvish.

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Royals lose former SM South pitcher Mike Morin to Mariners

Shawnee Mission South graduate Mike Morin won’t return to Kansas City in a Royals uniform next season. The right-handed reliever was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners, who lost the Shohei Otani sweepstakes, on Friday. He was drafted by the Los Angeles, who signed Japanese star Shohei Otani, in 2012.

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