Blue Jays Make Decision On Whit Merrifield's Future With Team

Whit Merrifield, Toronto Blue Jays' versatile infielder/outfielder, is officially entering free agency after both he and the team decided not to exercise the $18 million mutual option for the 2024 season.

Merrifield, who turned 35 in January, joined the Blue Jays in 2022 after a trade from the Kansas City Royals.

His tenure in Toronto was marked by fluctuations in performance, with a slow start followed by a resurgence that earned him his third All-Star nod.

However, his performance dipped in the latter part of the 2023 season, leading to the anticipated decision to test the free-agent market.

Despite his age and recent performance fluctuations, Whit Merrifield remains an appealing option for teams in need of a reliable middle infielder.

He posted a .272/.318/.382 triple-slash line, including 11 home runs, 67 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases over 145 games played in the 2023 season.

Several teams have expressed interest in signing him, while the Blue Jays might also be in the bidding with a potentially more affordable two-year contract offer.

As Merrifield looks for potentially one last significant contract, his strong contact skills and versatility continue to make him an intriguing player in the free-agent market, despite the uncertainties of his future in Toronto. Photo Credit:  John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports