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Whit Merrifield

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Kansas City Royals Outfielders Age: 31 Exp: 3.1 Years Throw: Right
Drafted: Round 9 (#269 overall), 2010 College: South Carolina Agent(s): (The L. Warner Companies, Inc.) Bat: Right

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  • Current Contract

    Whit Merrifield signed a 4 year / $16,250,000 contract with the Kansas City Royals, including $16,250,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $4,062,500. In 2020, Merrifield will earn a base salary of $5,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $5,000,000. Merrifield's adjusted salary with the Kansas City Royals is $1,851,852

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $16,250,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $4,062,500
    Free Agent: 2024 / UFA
    Year   Age Base Salary Incentive Luxury Tax Salary Payroll Salary Adjusted Salary Yearly Cash
    2019 Contract details by year 30 $1,000,000 - $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $1,000,000($1,000,000)
    2020 Contract details by year 31 $5,000,000 - $4,062,500 $5,000,000 $1,851,852 $1,851,852($2,851,852)
    2021 Contract details by year 32 $6,750,000 $200,000 $6,950,000 $6,950,000 $6,950,000($9,801,852)
    2022 Contract details by year 33 $2,750,000 $200,000 $2,950,000 $2,950,000 $2,950,000($12,751,852)
    2023 Contract details by year 34 $6,500,000 $200,000 $6,700,000 $6,700,000 $950,000($13,701,852)
    2024 Free Agent Year 35 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • 2023 Club option includes a $750,000 buyout
    • 2021-2023 salaries can escalate up to $1M based on Bonus Points
      ($200,000 for .5 points, $100,000 each for 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
      .5 points (1,200 plate appearances)
      1 point each for 1,400 plate appearances, Gold Glove
      2 points each for All-Star, Silver Slugger, or 11-15 MVP vote
      3 points each for 6-10 MVP vote
      4 points for 2-5 MVP vote
      5 points for MVP
    • 2024 option escalates by $4M with less than 110 days on the IL across 2019-2022
    Sources: MLB contract specifics generally collected from Baseball Prospectus & Rotoworld.

    Previous Contracts

    2018-2018

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $569,500
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $569,500
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA
    Year   Age Base Salary Total Salary Yearly Cash
    2018 Contract details by year 29 $569,500 $569,500 $569,500($569,500)

     

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  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    2010 Player Cash Earnings - $100,000 - $100,000
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $277,300 - - $277,300
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $543,750 - - $543,750
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $569,500 - - $569,500
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $1,000,000 - - $1,000,000
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $1,851,852 - - $1,851,852
    Est. Earnings
    (5 seasons)
    $4,242,402 $100,000 - $4,342,402
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $6,750,000 - - $6,950,000
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $2,750,000 - - $2,950,000
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $750,000 - - $950,000
    $14,492,402 $100,000 - $15,192,402
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    5 seasons Player Cash Earnings $4,242,402 $100,000 - $4,342,402
    * denotes deferred payment
  • Transactions

    Jan 28 2019Signed a 4 year $16.25 million contract with Kansas City (KC), avoiding arbitration
    Mar 18 2018Signed a 1 year $569,500 contract with Kansas City (KC)
    Feb 24 2017Signed a 1 year $543,750 contract with Kansas City (KC)
    Jul 15 2010Signed a contract with Kansas City (KC)
    Jun 8 2010Drafted by Kansas City (KC): Round 9 (#269 overall)

  • Injuries

    A look at the injuries for Whit Merrifield, and the financial implications.

  • 2020 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how Whit Merrifield ranks across the league, conference, division, and team.

     

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    Statistics

    Season WAR
    Totals 562 550 2,275 330 673 141 22 53 252 156 110 410 0.296 0.344 0.447 0.791 0.00
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