It seems like all but guaranteed that the Dodgers are going to look into a right-handed bat. Based on the rumors circulating, a righty bat with the ability to play multiple positions seems to be on Andrew Friedman’s wishlist. And there could be one name that they’ve been linked to before.
Whit Merrifield has long been on the Dodgers’ radar(or at least their fans). The All-Star second baseman has been incredibly efficient with the bat across the first 6 years of his big league career. The only problem is that 2022 has been a big struggle for him.
But according to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman, the Dodgers have been one of the teams to check in on Merrifield. But with his struggles this season at the plate and at least one more year of control, Kansas City could choose to wait it out.
“Dodgers have looked at Whit Merrifield, whose 553 consecutive-game streak was halted by a big toe injury the day before it would have been halted due to hitting the restricted list as the team went to Toronto. Merrifield is day-to-day.”
Merrifield got off to a very slow start to the 2022 season. He hit just .141 in the month of April and showed absolutely no power. He followed that up with a much more productive month of May, and he’s built off of that since. The Dodgers could use a guy like him that can also play in the outfield.
At his best, Merrifield can hit ~.300 and hit 15 homeruns while stealing close to 40 bases. He also doesn’t get paid very much. With an annual average of just over $4 million, he would be incredibly affordable. But with that also comes prospect expectations. It’s a gamble.
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