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Royals opening-day payroll projected to top $136 million

Kansas City Royals pitchers waited to participate in drills during a spring-training workout last month in Surprise, Ariz.
Kansas City Royals pitchers waited to participate in drills during a spring-training workout last month in Surprise, Ariz. jsleezer@kcstar.com

These projections for the 40-man roster would put the Royals’ opening day payroll at $136,072,300 (that includes money paid to Jason Vargas on the disabled list). This does not include catcher Salvador Perez’s signing bonus.

Here’s a breakdown:

Outfielders

Alex Gordon, $12M

Lorenzo Cain, $6.5M

Jarrod Dyson, $1.725M

Paulo Orlando, $514,250

Terrance Gore, $508,500

Reymond Fuentes, $508,450

Jorge Bonifacio, $507,500

Brett Eibner, $507,500

Jose Martinez, $507,500

Bubba Starling, $507,500

Infielders

Kendrys Morales, 1B/DH, $9M

Eric Hosmer, 1B, $8.25M

Omar Infante, 2B, $7.75M

Alcides Escobar, SS, $5.25M

Mike Moustakas, 3B, $5.6M

Christian Colon, $518,425

Cheslor Cuthbert, $509,425

Raul A. Mondesi, $507,500

Ramon Torres, $507,500

Catchers

Salvador Perez, $2M

Drew Butera, $1,162,500

Tony Cruz, $975,000

Pitchers

Edinson Volquez, RH, $9.5M

Jason Vargas, LH, $8.5M (will open 2016 on DL)

Wade Davis, RH, $8M

Ian Kennedy, RH, $7.5M

Joakim Soria, RH, $7M

Luke Hochevar, RH, $5.5M

Kris Medlen, RH, $5.5M

Chris Young, RH, $4.25M

Danny Duffy, LH, $4.225M

Kelvin Herrera, RH, $2.55M

Mike Minor, LH, $2M

Tim Collins, LH, $1.475M

Yordano Ventura, RH, $1.2M

Brian Flynn, LH, $515,950

Scott Alexander, LH, $508,800

Miguel Almonte, RH, $508,500

Alec Mills, RH, $507,500

Matt Strahm, LH, $507,500

Kyle Zimmer, RH, $507,500

Sources: Kansas City Star reports, Cot’s Baseball Contracts

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