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Here are the finalists for the Final Vote in the American and National Leagues

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There were some notable snubs after looking over the rosters for the American and National Leagues for the upcoming All-Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami. Fans can vote for one of five finalists for each league to send them to the midsummer classic. They are:

American League

SS – Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

SS – Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

SS – Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees

1B – Logan Morrison, Tampa Bay Rays

3B – Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

National League

1B – Justin Bour, Miami Marlins

3B – Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

3B – Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

1B – Mark Reynolds, Colorado Rockies

3B – Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers

You can vote on MLB’s website.

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?