Merrifield and the Royals have agreed to a four-year contract agreement worth $16.25 million with $2 million in performance bonuses, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.
According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the agreement will contain a fifth-year club option, which could boost the total value of the contract to more than $30 million if it is fully exercised.
Merrifield is a recent convert to the top leagues, having only made his debut in 2016.
He hit a career-high 19 home runs in 2017 and was one of the league’s finest offensive players in 2018 when he slashed. With 12 home runs, 60 RBI, and a league-leading 45 stolen bases, he hit 303/.367/.438.
Merrifield, who has played in the major leagues for two and a half seasons, received a new contract in January 2019.
Merrifield was primarily recognized as a top utility man during his first three seasons, but he also made an offensive impact.
His batting average increased from.283 to.288, then to.304, and his OPS+ increased from 91 to 106 to 120.
He hit 192 hits in 2018, leading the majors; he hit 19 home runs in 2017 and 12 in 2018; he averaged over 32 doubles, and he led the American League in stolen bases with 34 in 2017 and 45 in 2018.
How Much Does Whit Merrifield Make?
Merrifield makes an average of $4,062,500 every year. Merrifield will be paid a base salary of $2,750,000 and a $200,000 incentive bonus in 2022.