Yes…it’s happening again. I’m speculating about a Whit Merrifield trade. But the destination has changed and so has the asking price. Per usual, I need to throw out a disclaimer that I think a trade for Whit is unlikely. I think the likelihood of a trade to anyone is somewhere between me winning the Pulitzer Prize and Jorge Soler winning an MVP award. Also I haven’t seen any rumors about the coming trade situation forming into reality, but it makes a lot of sense to me on all sides. I think Whit Merrifield should be traded to the Phillies.
Why are they a fit?
Well in 2019, the Phillies received the second lowest amount of fWAR from the second base position (no the Royals were not 30th) with 0.3 fWAR. Earlier this week, the Phillies decided to non-tender their starter for most of that season, Cesar Hernandez. The 29 year old posted a 1.7 fWAR season where he produced 92 wRC+. 2020 would be his final year of club control and MLB trade rumors estimated that he’d earn about $11.8M. The Phillies ultimately decided that he was not worth that and cut him loose, creating a void at second base.
The Phillies DID try to fill that void immediately, signing utility man Josh…