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Justin Turner, Mike Moustakas win the Final Vote

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is an All-Star. He beat Kris Bryant, Anthony Rendon, Mark Reynolds, and Justin Bour to win the Final Vote, earning the last spot on the National League All-Star Game roster.

Turner, 32, is hitting an MLB-best .384 with a .473 on-base percentage (also MLB-best). Along with that, he’s slugging .571 with 17 doubles, eight home runs, 33 RBI, and 38 runs scored in 259 plate appearances.

In the American League, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas won the Final Vote. He beat out Elvis Andrus, Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorius, and Logan Morrison. This season, Moustakas is hitting .275/.309/.570 with 25 home runs, 54 runs scored, and 44 runs in 320 PA.

Turner’s addition gives the Dodgers five All-Stars, along with Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger Clayton Kershaw, and Kenley Jansen. Moustakas makes it three for the Royals along with Salvador Perez and Jason Vargas.

The All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami.

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?