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Here are the lineups for the Dodgers and Nationals

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The Dodgers do poorly against lefties. Gio Gonzalez is a lefty. The Dodgers are giving Josh Reddick and Chase Utley a seat today, but there are still three lefties in the lineup. But really, what are you gonna do? Sit the unanimous rookie of the year, your best power bat over the past five seasons and your starting center fielder?

Actually, some have argued that maybe at least one of them should sit down. Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated, for example, says that Adrian Gonzalez should be saved until the Dodgers get into the Nats’ bullpen and, instead, Yasmani Grandal should play first and Carlos Ruiz — who has had some success against Gonzalez — should catch. Eh, it’s a thought, but it would take a LOT of guts to do that, as Jaffe himself notes. I feel like I’d use the same lineup that Roberts is using here.

Anyway, here are the Nationals:

1. Trea Turner (R) CF
2. Jayson Werth (R) LF
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
4. Bryce Harper (L) RF
5. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
6. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
7. Danny Espinosa (S) SS
8. Jose Lobaton (S) C
9. Gio Gonzalez (R) P

And here are the Dodgers:

1. Howie Kendrick (R) LF
2. Justin Turner (R) 3B
3. Corey Seager (L) SS
4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
6. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
7. Charlie Culberson (R) 2B
8. Joc Pederson (L) CF
9. Kenta Maeda (R) P

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?