I think I'm done wading through the pile of e-mail's I received since my last post about the Royals interest in Michael Young. Obviously, this is a hot topic and one worth going into more depth over. Here are some scenarios that the Royals will sift through should they decide to add another hefty contract.
Many of you have expressed a lot of concern as to how the Royals would fit Young into their already tight, self-imposed, salary cap of $70 million for 2009. Well, to answer your questions it wouldn't be easy to fit that contract in, but it certainly can be done.
As you may already know Young recently signed a five year extension worth $80 million with the Rangers that is set to kick in this season. What you probably didn't know is that the Rangers have prematurely ponied up some $20 million of that through his signing bonus - leaving Young realistically being owed approximately $60 million over the next five years.
While that is an expensive number to you and I, it is a pretty fair price for a player of Young's caliber out on the open market. That shakes down to him earning about $12 million per year. Still quite a bit of money, but the Royals could make it happen with one trade. I'm sure you know what's coming next.
Yep, Jose Guillen.
According to several Major League sources, the Royals have been looking for suitors interested in acquiring the temperamental Guillen and his lofty contract. It appears there has been some interest around the league, but K.C. hasn't been bowled over for any deal involving him and therefore hasn't traded him, yet.
If a situation should present itself that would allow the team to acquire a player like Michael Young the Royals may consider trading Guillen for a bag of peanut butter M&M's to free up the cap space. Also, remember team owner David Glass has, according to Moore, given his permission to spend whatever needs to be spent to put a winning team on the field in 2009. Moore has self-imposed a $70 million cap for '09 - unless "the right situation presents itself in which we can improve the club." The Rangers could also eat some of Young's salary, but they haven't shown any interest in doing so at this time.
Perhaps this situation is the reason Mark Teahen hasn't been traded yet. Then again, all of this could blow up in our faces and never come to fruition. We just don't know right now. Dayton certainly isn't going to talk about it, which leaves us writers left to speculate on the whispers we hear from around the league.
If the Royals get rid of Guillen or a few other lofty contracts they could fit Young into the cap. At this point I don't think Glass would mind if the team exceeded $70 million so long as it drastically helped the organization. Michael Young would certainly do just that.