Whit Merrifield

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Kansas City Royals Right Field Age: 32-25d Exp: 4.1 Years Bat/Throw: Right/Right
Drafted: Round 9 (#269 overall), 2010 College: South Carolina Agent(s): (The L. Warner Companies, Inc.)

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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 2022, Merrifield will earn a base salary of $2,750,000 and a incentive bonus of $200,000, while carrying a total salary of $2,950,000.

    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 - $5,000,000 $1,851,852 $1,851,852($2,851,852)
    2021 Contract details by year 32 $6,750,000 $700,000 $7,450,000 $7,450,000 $7,450,000($10,301,852)
    2022 Contract details by year 33 $2,750,000 $200,000 $4,062,500 $2,950,000 $2,950,000 $2,950,000($13,251,852)
    2023 Contract details by year 34 $6,500,000 $200,000 $6,700,000 $6,700,000 $950,000($14,201,852)
    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

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    2018-2018

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $569,500
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $569,500
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2017-2017

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $543,750
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $543,750
    Free Agent: 2023 / UFA

    2016-2016

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $507,500
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $507,500
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2010-2010Signing Bonus

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $100,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $100,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA
  • 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
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $6,750,000 - $700,000 $7,450,000
    Est. Earnings
    (6 seasons)
    $10,992,402 $100,000 $700,000 $11,792,402
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $2,750,000 - - $2,950,000
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $750,000 - - $950,000
    $14,492,402 $100,000 $700,000 $15,692,402
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    6 seasons Player Cash Earnings $10,992,402 $100,000 - $11,792,402
    * 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)

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    Statistics

    Season Team GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB K AVG OBP SLG OPS WAR
    2021 KC 162 162 664 97 184 43 3 10 74 40 40 103 .277 .317 .396 .713 3.5
    2020 KC 60 60 248 38 70 12 0 9 30 12 12 33 .282 .325 .440 .765 0.52
    2019 KC 162 161 681 105 206 41 10 16 74 45 20 126 .302 .348 .463 .811 4.04
    2018 KC 158 157 632 88 192 43 3 12 60 61 45 114 .304 .367 .438 .805 5.54
    2017 KC 145 143 587 80 169 32 6 19 78 29 34 88 .288 .324 .460 .784 3.82
    2016 KC 81 73 311 44 88 22 3 2 29 19 9 72 .283 .323 .392 .715 1.67
    Totals 768 756 3,123 452 909 193 25 68 345 206 160 536 0.291 0.337 0.434 0.771 19.09