KANSAS CITY, Mo. – All-Star outfielder Whit Merrifield and the Kansas Metropolis Royals agreed to a restructured contract Wednesday evening by which the membership exercised its possibility for subsequent season and each events added a mutual possibility for 2024.
Merrifield, who made his second All-Star group final season, will earn $7 million this season and $2.75 million in 2023, a determine that may enhance by $4 million if he goes 109 days or much less on the injured checklist this season. The mutual possibility is $18 million with a buyout of $500,000.
Merrifield, 33, hit .277 with an American League-leading 40 stolen bases and 42 doubles final season, turning into the primary participant since Charlie Gehringer in 1929 to guide the AL in each classes. Merrifield additionally had 40+ doubles and 40+ steals in 2018, making him one in all solely seven gamers in huge league historical past with at the very least two such seasons.
Merrifield’s worth to the Royals is greater than his fundamental batting and operating capacity. Considered one of baseball’s most versatile gamers, Merrifield can also be able to taking part in first base, second base, and third base in addition to all three outfield positions.
The expansion of second baseman Nicky Lopez final season and the arrival of high prospect Bobby Witt Jr. at third base this season implies that Merrifield will as soon as once more play primarily within the outfield. That is the place he’ll begin Thursday’s opener in opposition to Cleveland, extending his membership file – and longest lively streak on the majors – to 470 consecutive video games performed.