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01-25-2002, 02:00 PM
Rany Jazayerli on the Royals -

The Kansas City Royals traded Johnny Damon last winter, claiming that they could not afford to sign him to a long-term deal, and six months later traded Jermaine Dye, once again citing their financial situation. Compare the following two columns, the first detailing a list of the players the Royals claim they can not afford, and the second a list of the players the Royals are currently paying:

Column 1
Jermaine Dye: $10.67M/yr
Johnny Damon: $7.75M/yr

TOTAL: $18.42M/yr

Column 2
Roberto Hernandez: $6.10M/yr Neifi Perez: $4.55M/yr*
Brent Mayne: $2.63M/yr
Michael Tucker: $2.25M/yr
Chuck Knoblauch: $2.00M/yr

TOTAL: $17.53M/yr

*arbitration midpoint between the Royals' offer of $4.1 million and Perez's request for $5 million

Given the information above, are the Royals:

lying through their teeth

incompetent pinheads who wouldn't know a ballplayer from a nutcracker

going to finish in last place again this year

all of the above
Please take your time, and remember, there is no penalty for selecting a wrong answer. Actually, there aren't any wrong answers.

Thing certainly could be worse, Sox fans...