Kansas City Royals: 3 trade destinations for Whit Merrifield

May 30, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Hunter Dozier (17) scores a run off an RBI single by second baseman Whit Merrifield (not pictured) against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports
May 30, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Hunter Dozier (17) scores a run off an RBI single by second baseman Whit Merrifield (not pictured) against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports /
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New York Mets

The New York Mets have been looking for infield help since Robinson Cano was suspended for the year due to another PED violation. The Mets also need help in the outfield, especially as their depth at the position has taken a beating this year. As such, it is not a surprise that they are reportedly watching Whit Merrifield’s market.

Merrifield would be a perfect fit for the roster. His ability to play second would allow Jeff McNeil to move to third, making Jonathan Villar more of a utility player once again. Additionally, his ability to play all three spots in the outfield would potentially allow the Mets to use Kevin Pillar as a fourth outfielder.

For a team that has been as reliant upon their pitching as the Mets have been, adding another solid bat to the lineup would be a major help. Merrifield may only have a 97 OPS+ this season, but his ability to get on base, respectable pop, and excellent baserunning would make him a solid addition.

The Mets also have the level of prospects that the Kansas City Royals could be interested in. While Kansas City believes that they have the young pitching they need to contend soon, they still need to find more pieces for the future of their lineup.

The New York Mets lineup needs help. Whit Merrifield could be a part of the solution.