October 1, 2013 5:21 PM

Royals brace for tough offseason payroll decisions

Now that a new two-year contract is in place with manager Ned Yost, the primary offseason task for Royals general manager Dayton Moore is finding a way to retain free-agent pitchers Ervin Santana and Bruce Chen — or finding suitable replacements — while operating on a budget that Moore expects to remain “about the same” at roughly $82 million.

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