I saw this article today, which had this note:
The decisions avoid potential arbitration cases with Bale, Gathright and Smith and trim an estimated $4-plus million in projected payroll. That puts the club roughly back on pace for its $70 million budget.
The Rangers, meanwhile, are supposed to be at last year's $68 million payroll.
So the Royals -- the poster child for the hapless, small market teams -- apparently will have a higher payroll than the Rangers next year.