bmags Posted July 21, 2021 Share Posted July 21, 2021 I mentioned that I think the royals could be interested in a package surrounding Jake Burger considering the structure of their team where lopez could move to second, witt comes to short, but I did not know of a great 3b option (Pratto will also be coming up to 1b). In Rosenthal today: • The Athletic’s Jayson Stark hears the Royals appear more open than in the past to trading All-Star second baseman Whit Merrifield, who is batting .272 with a .726 OPS, leads the majors with 24 stolen bases in 25 attempts and remains one of the game’s bigger bargains. Merrifield, 32, is owed the rest of his $7.25 million salary this season and $3.25 million next season, and his contract includes an $11 million club option in 2023 (he took less money in ’22 to protect against a possible lockout). The Royals, though, have told other teams they believe they are close to contention, and are signaling that they do not want to trade established major leaguers for prospects who might not join them for three or four years. That could make it difficult for them to match up with clubs that have expressed interest in Merrifield. While Merrifield's offense may be underwhelming, he would be an excellent utility piece to have that reminds me of fitting in zobrist. His speed and contact ability to me add to our fun complementary group of anderson and madrigal alongside the obp and power of grandal, abreu, moncada, eloy. While right haned, he's been able to maintain league average production vs righties for his career, though he has dipped. Concerns would be : sapped power this year, but he was really heating up in june power wise - but has had a tough July to date. Burger seems great, and I am against the notion of trading because they are blocked, but as a corner RHH on a health sox team with eloy coming back, I really don't know if we can find him time. And his play at 3b showed to me at least that he can stick. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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