MLB Rumor: Whit Merrifield Has National League Suitor

With all the hoopla over the Kansas City Royals massive unvaccinated list, and the hit in value that Andrew Benintendi's trade market has taken, it shouldn't be overlooked that the Royals' two-time All-Star Whit Merrifield is also vaccine-averse, and is also likely on the trade market.

Sure, he's having a down year, but he's shown in the past that he can be a solid offensive contributor. And according to MLB Insider Jon Heyman, the 33-year-old has a suitor in none other than the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He's currently listed as day-to-day with a toe injury, though it won't be any of the next few days, as he's one of 10 Royals on the restricted list. As Heyman noted, Merrifield had his 'iron-man' streak of 553 consecutive games snapped because of the toe injury, though it would have been done a day later anyway due to his unpaid vacation while his team plays in Toronto with ten minor leaguers. 

The Dodgers are facing an injury problem in the outfield, with Chris Taylor out for several weeks. As well, Merrifield is a versatile player, who can play second base as well as outfield, and we know how the Dodgers value that versatility. 

Merrifield is currently hitting .240 with a .292 on-base percentage, both career lows by a considerable margin, though he has picked it up quite a bit in recent games. 

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