The Kansas City Royals will have to reckon with their poor start to the season at the trade deadline. This year's seemingly doomed campaign puts KC in position to be a seller, and they may opt to part with several longtime veterans in order to get a much-needed fresh start.
This harsh reality has the team more open to dealing one All-Star player in particular.
Whit Merrifield Trade Rumors
Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports the Royals are talking "more seriously" about trading Whit Merrifield, according to one MLB exec. With the second baseman set to be a free agent in 2024, and Kansas City looking at a potentially years-long rebuild, it could make more sense to deal the 33-year-old now while he still has value.
Merrifield isn't off to the greatest start this season, but he's just one year removed from making the All-Star team as a replacement. The 2B is currently slashing .232/.277/.318 with 3 home runs and 30 RBIs.
The seven-year pro showed he has plenty left in the tank after racking up an AL-leading 40 stolen bases last season. While he only has registered 9 steals in 68 games this year, the Royals' offense has struggled across the board, so a new home could help reinvigorate the veteran.
It'd be difficult to see Merrifield leave KC after spending his entire career with the organization and being an integral part of the infield. These are the hard decisions facing the Royals' brass, though, given the team's place in the standings and lackluster overall progress.
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