Red Sox Linked to Second Baseman

Red Sox Linked to 2B

The offseason has been underway for some time for the Boston Red Sox, but now we’ve reached the point in the offseason where rumors can become reality. Over the past few weeks, names like Shohei Ohtani, Dylan Cease, and Corbin Burnes, among others, have been linked to the Red Sox in trades or free agency. The other day, they announced Craig Breslow as their new Chief of Baseball Operations, and he mentioned needing starting pitching, right-handed bat, and infield depth. Well, the most recent player the Red Sox are linked to could address the right-handed hat and infield depth, and that player is Whit Merrifield, who most recently declined his option with the Blue Jays, making him a free agent.

Whit Merrifield By The Numbers 

The Royals drafted Merrifield in the ninth round of the 2010 draft, and he made his debut in 2016, appearing in 81 games and slashed .283/.323/.392 with a .716 OPS; he had 22 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 29 RBI, 44 runs scored, eight stolen bases and 19 walks. After spending seven seasons with the Royals, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and was there for the remainder of 2022 and all of 2023, where he slashed .274/.319/.394 with a .712 OPS; he had 32 doubles, 16 home runs, 83 RBI, 85 runs scored, 27 stolen bases, and 44 walks. Over his career, he has a slash line of .284/.330/.420 with a .750 OPS; he would be an excellent addition to the Red Sox lineup for the 2024 season, and in addition to second base, he can also play outfield if needed.


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