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David Lesky

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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    David: Posted this over on the Star sight but thought you could answer my question on how many actually get paid. Do all players with ML experience get tendered? If so, Dayton has already passed his $70M Glass Ceiling.

    I have the total currently at $54.5M with Getz and Paulino contracts. Cot’s shows Billy at $8.5M in 2013 and Arguelles at $1.38M (Star article had lower amounts).

    Crow is also most likely due a raise even though he is not arbitration eligible. He made $1.6M in 2012 so you would assume he would make at least $1.8M for 2013. That means the rest of the 25 man roster plus replacements for Paulino and Duffy will require about $9.2M. Add the $4.4M that Luke will most likely get now that he has been tendered and I get…$68.8M.

    If the cap is $70M, that leaves little room for movement. To get a first rate FA starter will require at least $10M unless Moore can back load the deal. That means unless Glass finds some more money stuffed in his mattress. Moore has nothing to work with when it comes to free agency.

    One question here. Does the salary quoted for teams include just the 25 man or 40 man roster players. Because it is fair to assume that Guiterrez and Moscoso will be tendered contracts as well along with Abreu, Teaford, Giavotella, Lough and Falu even if they do not make the 25 man roster. If so, that will add another $2.5 to $3M to the number and squeeze Moore even more.

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    Good assessment David.

    The Royals offense is also suspect but that did not seem to stop the A’s this year. Their pitching was just better than their offense.

    You hit the nail on the head with your last paragraph. Moore is feeling the heat and it shows in recent actions. Most of that heat is from David Glass who is finally being taken to task for his own actions or lack there of. And Glass did himself no favors this week with his sudden interviews to Kaegel and Dutton following Mellinger’s editorial. By the way, I enjoyed Schaum and Scoles discussion on the subject in this week’s podcast.

    Bottom line, Moore now realizes his job is not as safe as he once thought. He is caught between a dollar cap and a talent limitation that is squeezing him big time. And the next week could be his greatest moment or biggest disaster.

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