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Royals Rumors: Brewers interested in trading for Whit Merrifield

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 27: Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals turns a double play past Erik Kratz #15 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth inning at Miller Park on June 27, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 27: Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals turns a double play past Erik Kratz #15 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth inning at Miller Park on June 27, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Royals rumors are heating up and one of the latest could involve Whit Merrifield going to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Royals need to make this trade.

When looking at players that the Kansas City Royals could use over the next few years, Whit Merrifield would top most people’s lists. The issue, however, is that Merrifield is 29 years old and, as sad as this is to say, probably isn’t going to improve much from here on out.

Merrifield had a late start to his Major League career, coming up for the Royals in the 2016 season when he was 27 years old. It didn’t take long for the former South Carolina Gamecock to steal the hearts of Royals fans, but unfortunately, trading Merrifield makes a lot of sense.

Again, Merrifield is 29 years old and likely not going to improve much. He finished last season batting .288, which was impressive, but it’s tough to see him continuing to hit that mark when he hits 30 in January. If a team like the Milwaukee Brewers, who are reportedly interested in trading for Merrifeld, is up for trading a few decent prospects in exchange for Merrifield, then let’s get a deal done, man.

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The reason why the Royals might want to consider hanging onto Whit Merrifield is because he’s a fan favorite obviously, but that can’t be the only reason the team hangs onto him. The guy is affordable, controllable through the year 2023, and finally fills that hole at second base that the organization has been trying to fill for decades now. Those seem like pretty big reasons as to why he could stay in Kansas City.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic broke the news about Merrifield potentially landing with the Brewers (it’s linked above) and honestly, this is a move that the Kansas City Royals should make. Yes, fans might be angry because Merrifield is one of the few “stars” in the area right now, but hey, the Brewers would probably be willing to give up quite a bit to obtain him. He wouldn’t be a rental for Milwaukee if they acquired him, so therefore, they’d need to pony up several prospects.

As I mentioned above, Merrifield is through club control for the next several years and he’s been a solid performer as a member of the Royals throughout his time with the organization. Before Friday’s game, he was slashing .281/.356/.400 with four home runs and 24 RBI. He also offers versatility on the diamond, spending time at second base and in the outfield.

While there have been plenty of Royals rumors going on already this summer, this only feels like the beginning of what’s to come over the next month. What do you think about potentially trading Whit Merrifield? Are you for or against it?