Dodgers spring training 2015: Wednesday’s lineup at Kansas City.

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Clayton Kershaw, Yordano Ventura and … Whit Merrifield?

Some interesting lineup cards today as the Dodgers and Royals meet in the Cactus League finale for both teams. To the victor goes second place in the Cactus League standings. To the loser, third place.

Really, everyone wins. We all get to go home once the game is over.

Zack Greinke is starting a minor-league game at Camelback Ranch that begins at 10 a.m.

Here are the lineups for the 12 p.m. game at Surprise Stadium:

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AP: Dodgers’ payroll is $272.8 million, still highest in the majors.

The Dodgers’ Opening Day payroll projects to approximately $272.8 million, easily the highest in baseball, according to the Associated Press.

The New York Yankees rank second at $219.2 million.

The Dodgers have two of baseball’s three highest-paid players. Clayton Kershaw is making $31 million in the first year of his new contract extension. Zack Greinke is third at $27 million.

ESPN survey: MLB players aren’t fans of Yasiel Puig, Dodgers’ World Series chances.

Yasiel Puig

According to an ESPN survey, MLB players consider Yasiel Puig the second-most overrated player in the game. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

ESPN surveyed 117 active players to get their anonymous opinions about the best and worst players and teams in baseball. The results can be found here.

Some highlights:

• Who will win the World Series?
Nationals 30 percent
Mariners 17 percent
Angels 10 percent

• Who is the best overall player in MLB?
Mike Trout 61 percent
Miguel Cabrera 10 percent
Clayton Kershaw 8 percent

• Who is the most overrated player in MLB?
Bryce Harper 41 percent
Yasiel Puig 15 percent

• Which player would make the most entertaining reality-show star?

“It’s Yasiel Puig. He’s completely insane. He’s got to be up to some wacky stuff. That would be the show to watch.” – American League pitcher