Friday is the first day major-league teams can exchange salary figures with arbitration-eligible players, and the Royals have nine.
The projected raises to those nine players is a big reason why the Royals’ projected opening-day payroll hovers around $112 million, which would be another franchise record and a $20 million increase from opening day 2014.
If the Royals and the players can’t agree to a settlement between the two figures, arbitration hearings start Feb. 1.
Three of the nine arbitration-eligible Royals received raises in arbitration last season. They are:
▪ Closer Greg Holland, who made $4.68 million last season and MLB Trade Rumors projects will receive $9.3 million.
▪ First baseman Eric Hosmer, who made $3.6 million and is projected to get $5.2 million.
▪ Left-handed reliever Tim Collins, who made $1.36 million and is projected to get $1.5 million.
The other six are first-time arbitration eligible:
▪ Third baseman Mike Moustakas, who made $549,000 last season.
▪ Outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who made $546,000.
▪ Outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who made $530,000.
▪ Left-handed starter Danny Duffy, who made $526,000.
▪ Right-handed reliever Kelvin Herrera, who made $522,250.
▪ Right-handed reliever Louis Coleman, who made $537,000.