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Dodgers Trade Deadline: Royals’ Whit Merrifield Asking Price Revealed

The Dodgers would be a seemingly decent fit for Merrifield, but the ask is steep.

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 25: Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield (15) singles to center during the ninth inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians on June 25, 2019, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Royals have set their asking price astronomically high for infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield in trade talks. This is for good reason.

Merrifield is one of the best contracts in baseball and just made his first All-Star team this season, as he has posted a .309 batting average and .861 on-base plus slugging so far. He is capable of playing first base, second base, and all three outfield spots with a great deal of viability. He has posted four defensive runs saved this season, two at second base and two in the outfield.

Asking Price

Here is the asking price according to leading sources:

“Kansas City isn’t shopping him, sources said. That conversation is a non-starter unless the Royals receive three MLB-ready players who could help them right now, sources said. “

Three MLB-ready players is a steep price for anyone. That would mean potentially Will Smith, Gavin Lux, and a guy like Ross Stripling heading to Kansas City in exchange for Merrifield’s services. That is an absolute haul and a no-brainer that the Dodgers would not allocate those resources to a bat in Merrifield, when the immediate need is in the bullpen.

Overall

While Merrifield has been linked the Dodgers often in trade talks, it is probably safe to say that he will not rep Dodger blue anytime soon.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Look Andrew Friedman and Stan Kasten are the cheapest front office personnel that exits in MLB. With Taylor down for probably the rest of the season. And Kike swinging for the fences in stead of putting the ball in play. Royals player Whit Merrifield would be a huge deal for the dodgers. They want three ready made players in the deal. They
    Ross Stripling. Matt Beaty and prospect of there choice of. Dustin May, kiebert Ruiz.

  2. The immediate need is bullpen help. If you’re going to give up three of our best prospects, why not just get Felipe Vasquez, he of the 100mph plus fastball and 88mph plus slider, who is an All-Star reliever) from the Bucs?

  3. There is absolutely no need for Whit Merrifield. He would be a platoon player for the Dodgers. And that isn’t worth 3 MLB guys. He’s a stud, but much more of a luxury than a need for this team. Bullpen, bullpen, bullpen! Need a RELIABLE lefty or 2 in the pen.

    • Whit is very much worth 3 major league ready players! Any team thinking he is not worth it will regret that decision eventually

    • Whit would be the Dodgers starting 2nd baseman the moment the plane landed and the best one they have had in a very long lime

  4. Don’t do it we need relief pitching if you’re going to get rid of prospects than do it for something we need

  5. Unless I missed something, Taylor will be out 3-4 weeks. We just got three front line players back and half the fans are in this panic mode that we need Whit Merrifield. Lets address real needs and look how this team has been built. Stay the course with young talent from the farm system and “smart signings and trades”. The new trade deadline means that teams need to be smarter and not show their hand.

  6. Whit Merrifield is a must, the bullpen is a must, the Dodgers could do both there is no way you can say we don’t need second baseman a good second baseman they can easily get a reliever they’re one of the richest teams that is ever been come on aren’t you tired of making the playoffs and not winning it all I’m tired of being a Dodger fan and always being second-best…

  7. I think Whit would be great. You package Stripling, Pederson and Keibert. It still leaves personnel when you trade for relief pitcher. The time to pull the trigger is now!

  8. I would not give up 3 players unless 3 for 3 if. You need them you should play Hand you have great player on this team all really just a ( R—pitchers..!

  9. Stop it! This article is nonsensical. The Dodgers have Beatty who has proven he can hit. They do not need infielders and sure as hell are not trading high prospects for one when Lux is waiting in the wings with Downs, Estevez, and others coming up quickly.
    Seager, Muncy, Turner, Kike, Pederson, Freese are all offensive threats and have put up solid numbers defensively.
    This team needs a left-handed reliever that can miss bats in key situations.
    They do not need any everyday players they are doing fine thank you ( Reference their record) and they have plenty of players that can play multiple positions well. How valuable is Muncy with his OPS and Grit plus playing 1st, 2nd & 3rd? I was very glad he made the All-Star team is was very deserving.

    • Tmaxter, I second the STOP IT motion here. And I immediately say a big NO for the obvious to all. Dealing Lux, May, Will Smith for Merrifield shouldn’t even be thought about ! PERIOD!!! We need some BP help and as ya say a lefty reliever who can get outs late in the game in key spots and who can safely keep the baseball in the yard!

      • Lets see, do we have three major league ready players? Yes, we do!!!! Garlick, Downs, Brock Stewart, and because I am a nice guy, Yadier Alvarez. That’s the deal, take it or leave it. If the Royals decline, fine!!!; they will stay in last place for a long, long time!!!! Lets remember : we are not here to enrich another time, but to make an equitable deal. Go Blue!!

  10. Why is it This Dodgers brain-trust feels the need to turn Every player they have into multipositional players. There are nuances in every position. I don’t want to see Pederson (at first), Muncy(at second or third) when the game really matters. Stop experimenting. The Dodgers are doing this because they have such a Huge lead over the rest of the NL-West. IF the team had the 2nd-place team(Colorado, for example) was just 5-games or less behind , the Dodgers would NOT be moving these players all over the field.

  11. Do not need another platoon player. Ball pen is a must! Beaty has proven he can play. Will is next years catcher. Kiki is good all over defensively but, does need to cut down on his swing. You would think they would work with him on his mechanics. We need another reliever or 2.

  12. I wonder if they could take advantage of the Royals and package a deal like Kike, Martin, and Dustin May. Make Whit our everyday second baseman, have the best infield in baseball, then get some relief help asap

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