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Where the money went: Royals’ opening-day payroll for 2014 vs. 2015

Royals general manager Dayton Moore (right) shook hands with the team’s new first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore (right) shook hands with the team’s new first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Star

After adding starter Edinson Volquez, outfielder Alex Rios and DH Kendrys Morales in free agency, you could pencil in a 25-man Royals roster for opening day.

And using salary estimates, the projected 2015 opening-day payroll of $112 million would be about $20 million higher than it was for 2014.

Here’s how we calculated the numbers. We took the opening day lineup from 2014, adding one relief pitcher and subtracting one bench player to give the Royals 12 pitchers and 13 position players.

The 2014 salaries from those 25 players add up to about $83 million. But the opening-day payroll also included other items, like money paid to pitcher Noel Arguelles, who is not on the 40-man roster but is on a major-league contract, and players on the disabled list, including Luke Hochevar and his $5 million-plus salary. So that bumped the 2014 opening-day payroll to about $92 million.

Again, this is just a guess at how the Royals will set their 25-man roster for opening day. The Royals might start Vargas or Ventura on opening day, for example.

Here’s the full side-by-side comparison:

Pos.

2014 player

(salary)

2015 player

(salary)

Change

SP

James Shields

($13.5 million)

Edinson Volquez

($7.5 million)

-$6M

SP

Jason Vargas

($7 million)

Jason Vargas

($8.5 million)

+$1.5M

SP

Jeremy Guthrie

($8 million)

Jeremy Guthrie

($9 million)

+$1M

SP

Yordano Ventura

($500,500)

Yordano Ventura

($535,675)

+$35K

SP

Bruce Chen

($3 million)

Danny Duffy

($2.425 million)

-$575K

RP

Greg Holland

($4.75 million)

Greg Holland

($8.25 million)

+$3.5M

RP

Wade Davis

($4.8 million)

Wade Davis

($7 million)

+$2.2M

RP

Kelvin Herrera

($522,250)

Kelvin Herrera

($1.6 million)

+$1.08M

RP

Aaron Crow

($1.48 million)

Luke Hochevar

($4 million)

+$2.52M

RP

Francisley Bueno

($504,400)

Jason Frasor

($1.25 million)

+$746K

RP

Tim Collins

($1.36 million)

Tim Collins

($1.475 million)

+$115K

RP

Louis Coleman

($537,000)

Louis Coleman

($725,000)

+$188K

C

Salvador Perez

($1.5 million)

Salvador Perez

($1.75 million)

+$250K

1B

Eric Hosmer

($3.6 million)

Eric Hosmer

($5.625 million)

+$2.025M

2B

Omar Infante

($5 million)

Omar Infante

($7.5 million)

+$2.5M

3B

Mike Moustakas

($549,000)

Mike Moustakas

($2.64 million)

+$2.09M

SS

Alcides Escobar

($3 million)

Alcides Escobar

($3 million)

LF

Alex Gordon

($10 million)

Alex Gordon

($14 million)

+$4M

CF

Lorenzo Cain

($546,000)

Lorenzo Cain

($2.725 million)

+$2.18M

RF

Nori Aoki

($1.95 million)

Alex Rios

($9.5 million)

+$7.55M

DH

Billy Butler

($8 million)

Kendrys Morales

($6.5 million)

-$1.5M

C (backup)

Brett Hayes

($630,000)

Erik Kratz

($532,500)

-$97K

IF (backup)

Danny Valencia

($532,500)

Christian Colon

($509,525)

-$23K

OF (backup)

Jarrod Dyson

($530,000)

Jarrod Dyson

($1.225 million)

+$695K

OF (backup)

Justin Maxwell

($1.3 million)

Jorge Bonifacio

($507,500)

-$793K

Totals

$92.0 million*

$112.275 million**

+$20.275M

*includes bonuses and salaries paid to players on disabled list, including $5.21 million to Luke Hochevar in 2014

**includes $2 million 2015 salary for RHP Kris Medlen, who is expected to open season on disabled list, and $1 million buyouts for former DH Billy Butler and LHP Bruce Chen

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