In yesterday’s article for the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Royals columnist Sam Mellinger pleaded with the franchise to increase payroll for 2014. With many, many questions about next year’s roster still left unanswered, the Royals know one thing for sure: accomplishing their offseason goals would be a hell of a lot easier with a little more money to play with.
Mellinger explained that the Royals should have between $17 and $30 million to spend on their main priorities. There’s no way KC can reel in a big-name free agent like Carlos Beltran or Shin-Soo Choo while still keeping their rotation at the same levels of success without increasing payroll. Both as a journalist and a Royals fan, I have to wholeheartedly agree with Mellinger on this one. However, the only man whose opinion really matters is owner David Glass. Will he be willing to up the budget, and thereby improve the Royals’ chances at their first playoff appearance in over 20 seasons?
I obviously hope he will, but more importantly, I believe he will. The Royals’ future is bright, but with James Shields approaching free agency at the end of the 2014 season, now is the time to fight for relevancy. A long-term strategy was enforced on this team as soon as Dayton Moore arrived in Kansas City, and now that strategy is finally paying dividends with successful, exciting baseball.
I don’t think Glass will be foolish enough to let it all be for nothing. Until he makes an announcement, Mellinger, myself and the rest of Royals Nation will continue to hold our breath.