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Is Bud Selig extorting the Royals?

The other day Peter Gammons, as he often does, threw out a random and somewhat shocking comment when talking about the progress teams are making in signing their first round picks:

If you are the Royals, not only are your revenues light, but the commissioner’s office has threatened to take away your 2012 All-Star Game if you go ahead with the agreements you have in place with two high picks.

That just kind of sat out there for a few days. Yesterday Sam Mellinger tried to debunk it, noting that he’s heard nothing that would confirm such a threat, but spent more time explaining why the Royals can get away with paying a bit above slot for their picks without getting in trouble with the commish.

I love him and you love him, but is anyone asking Gammons to elaborate on his claim? Because if Selig really is threatening to pulll the 2012 All-Star Game over signing bonuses, that’s pretty damn major. If he’s not, then how on Earth is Gammons getting away with making such an audacious claim?