Fledglings Interested In Whit Merrifield
The Cubs are demonstrating “proceeded with enthusiasm” in Royals’ second baseman/outfielder Whit Merrifield, reports Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network. The double cross ruling MLB hits pioneer is ensured only $15.25MM throughout the following three seasons (with a group choice for a fourth) under the reasonable expansion he marked with Kansas City in January.
It’s not hard to perceive any reason why the Cubs are keen on Merrifield, however they (or some other suitor) will make some hard memories prying him away from KC. Merrifield (31 in January) has been incredibly tough and profitable the previous three seasons. Since the beginning of 2016, he’s taken 2,404 plate appearances of better than expected hitting (.296/.344/.445, 109 wRC+), while contributing tip top baserunning and tolerable resistance at different positions. The Cubs have an unsure blend at Merrifield’s essential position, second base. Addison Russell is a non-delicate competitor, and Ben Zobrist is a free agent. Nico Hoerner, David Bote and Robel García are promising choices to shifting degrees, however none is a demonstrated MLB patron. Merrifield would be an unchallenged redesign.
Obviously, that blend of profitability and reasonableness has made him a staple in Kansas City, which hasn’t communicated any craving to let Merrifield go. Royals’ head supervisor Dayton Moore wouldn’t move Merrifield for anything short of an “insane” offer (in the official’s words) at July’s exchange cutoff time. All the more as of late, Moore conceded that nobody on the program is totally distant given the club’s progressing modify, in spite of the fact that he at that point commended the All-Star as a player and individual, giving no sign the front office has apparently changed seminar on exchange talks.
With the Royals’ protection from exchanging Merrifield before, it appears to be impossible anything will work out as expected with the Cubs or some other group in the quick future. In the event that Kansas City were to advertise Merrifield forcefully, different groups past Chicago would unquestionably enter the fight. All things considered, it’s fascinating that Theo Epstein and the remainder of the Cubs’ front office have considered a Merrifield interest as one of the numerous choices on the table for a group apparently balanced for a list rebuild this offseason.