July 26, 2021

Cubs trade target: Whit Merrifield (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

Last summer, many thought the Cubs should have made a big push to acquire Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield. I say “second baseman,” but like Ben Zobrist, Merrifield plays multiple positions and is pretty good at all of them. In 2019, Merrifield started games at second base (76), right field (53), center field (16), first base (4) and left field (4).

Obviously, no trade for Merrifield materialized during the 2019 season, but there is a report from over the weekend that the Cubs are still interested:

MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that Chicago is showing “continued interest” in trading for Merrifield, who just completed the first season of the four-year, $16.25 million extension he signed with Kansas City at the beginning of 2019. Merrifield remains cheap even after signing that extension (he’ll make $5 million in ’20), and the Cubs could be in the market for a middle infielder to slot next to Javier Báez.

Merrifield, 30, continued to be an accomplished hitter at the plate (Major League-most 206 hits and 10 triples) and versatile in the field this year, logging 77 games in the outfield along with 82 at second base. He’s also a consistent contact…

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