Gold Glove finalists announced

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Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league:

AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez
AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer
AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia
AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria, Adrian Beltre
AL, shortstop: Yunel Escobar, Alcides Escobar, J.J. Hardy
AL, left field: Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Dirks, Alex Gordon
AL, center field: Adam Jones, Lorenzo Cain, Jacoby Ellsbury
AL, right field: Nick Markakis, Josh Reddick, Shane Victorino
AL, pitcher: Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey, Doug Fister

NL, catcher: A.J. Ellis, Russell Martin, Yadier Molina
NL, first base: Paul Goldschmidt, Adrian Gonzalez, Anthony Rizzo
NL, second base: Darwin Barney, Mark Ellis, Brandon Phillips
NL, third base: Nolan Arenado, Juan Uribe, David Wright
NL, shortstop: Ian Desmond, Andrelton Simmons, Troy Tulowitzki
NL, left field: Carlos Gonzalez, Starling Marte, Eric Young Jr.
NL, center field: Carlos Gomez, Andrew McCutchen, Denard Span
NL, right field: Jay Bruce, Jason Heyward, Gerardo Parra
NL, pitcher: Patrick Corbin, Zack Greinke, Adam Wainwright

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The Royals are paying everyone. Why can’t all of the other teams?

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Over the past several weeks we’ve heard a lot of news about teams furloughing front office and scouting staff, leveling pay cuts for those who remain and, most recently, ceasing stipends to minor league players and releasing them en masse. The message being sent, intentionally or otherwise, is that baseball teams are feeling the pinch.

The Kansas City Royals, however, are a different story.

Jon Heyman reported this afternoon that the Royals are paying their minor leaguers through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended, and unlike so many other teams, they are not releasing players either. Jeff Passan, meanwhile, reports that the Royals will not lay any team employees off or furlough anyone. “Nearly 150 employees will not take pay cuts,” he says, though “higher-level employees will take tiered cuts.” Passan adds that the organization intends to restore the lost pay due to those higher-level employees in the future when revenue ramps back up, making them whole.

While baseball finances are murky at best and opaque in most instances, most people agree that the Royals are one of the lower-revenue franchises in the game. They are also near the bottom as far as franchise value goes. Finally, they have the newest ownership group in all of baseball, which means that the group almost certainly has a lot of debt and very little if any equity in the franchise. Any way you slice it, cashflow is likely tighter in Kansas City than almost anywhere else.

Yet the Royals are paying minor leaguers and front office employees while a great number of other teams are not. What’s their excuse?