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Volume 24 No. 156
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Moore Expects Royals' Payroll Budget To Remain Near $82M Mark For Next Season

Royals Senior VP/Baseball Operations & GM Dayton Moore yesterday said he expects the team's payroll budget to remain at "about the same" level of $82M for next season, according to Bob Dutton of the K.C. STAR. The Royals' '13 payroll was a "club record, but maintaining current spending levels will be a tough sell, even after an encouraging season, to a fan base that hasn’t experienced postseason" baseball since '85. MLB's new national TV contracts kick in next season, and this additional cash is "likely to goose free-agent spending to record levels." That should "particularly benefit" Royals P Ervin Santana, who "projects as one of the market’s top free-agent starting pitchers" (K.C. STAR, 10/2). Meanwhile, Moore yesterday while talking about the team's recently completed, 86-win season said, "In a small way, I feel like we've won the World Series." In K.C., Sam Mellinger wrote, "Those words beg to be mocked and, in fact, started being mocked before he even finished the sentence." There is "too much self-congratulation from the Royals right now." Mellinger: "Moore said something stupid. This stupid thing he said will hang on him. His words will be mocked." Moore made the comment "in a room full of reporters and rolling cameras and open notebooks and a live listening audience during a news conference." He later clarified, "'World Series' is the wrong term. But I feel very, very good about where our organization is. It means a lot to me" (K.C. STAR, 10/2).