Whit Merrifield

Philadelphia Phillies, Right Field
Age: 35-154d (Jan 24, 1989)
Exp: 7.101 Years
Country: US
College: South Carolina
Drafted: Round 9 (#269 overall), 2010
Agent(s): The L. Warner Companies, Inc.
2024 Payroll Salary

$7,000,000

2024 Cash

$7,500,000

Career Earnings

$33,042,486

2024-2025 Free Agent (CURRENT)

Whit Merrifield signed a 1 year , $8,000,000 contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, including $8,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $8,000,000. In 2024, Merrifield will earn a base salary of $7,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $7,000,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $8,000,000
Average Salary:
$8,000,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
Free Agent:
2026 / UFA
Year Age Status PayrollAnnual Luxury Tax Tax % League Tax Cash Annual Cash Cumulative
2024 35 $7,000,000 $8,000,000 3.38% $7,000,000 $7,000,000
2025 36
Club
$8,000,000 $8,000,000 - $1,000,000 $8,000,000
2026 37
UFA
Year Age Service Status Base Salary Incentives Likely Incentives Unlikely Payroll Salary Luxury Tax
2024 35 7.101 $7,000,000 - - $7,000,000 $8,000,000
2025 36 -
Club
$8,000,000 - - $8,000,000 $8,000,000
2026 37 --
UFA
Year Age Status Base Salary Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2024 35 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $4,000,000
2025 36
Club
$1,000,000 $1,000,000 $8,000,000 $4,000,000 $1,000,000
Contract Notes
  • 2025 club option includes a $1M buyout
  • Incentives: $1.6M
Source: MLB contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

2019-2024 Pre-Arbitration Extension

Whit Merrifield signed a 4 year , $16,250,000 contract with the Kansas City Royals, including $16,250,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $4,062,500. In 2024, Merrifield will earn a base salary of $500,000, while carrying a total salary of $18,000,000.
Contract Terms:
4 yr(s) / $16,250,000
Average Salary:
$4,062,500
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2018-2018 Pre-Arb

Whit Merrifield signed a 1 year , $569,500 contract with the Kansas City Royals, including $569,500 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $569,500.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $569,500
Average Salary:
$569,500
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2017-2017 Pre-Arb

Whit Merrifield signed a 1 year , $543,750 contract with the Kansas City Royals, including $543,750 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $543,750.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $543,750
Average Salary:
$543,750
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2016-2016 Pre-Arb

Whit Merrifield signed a 1 year , $507,500 contract with the Kansas City Royals, including $507,500 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $507,500.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $507,500
Average Salary:
$507,500
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2010-2010 Signing Bonus

Whit Merrifield signed a 1 year , $100,000 contract with the Kansas City Royals, including $100,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $100,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $100,000
Average Salary:
$100,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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Career Earnings thru 2024

$33,042,486

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

3 teams

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2010 21
Signing Bonus
$100,000
$100,000
2016 27
Active
$277,300
$377,300
2017 28
Active
$543,750
$921,050
2018 29
Active
$569,500
$1,490,550
2019 30
Active
$1,000,000
$2,490,550
2020 31
Active
$1,851,852
$4,342,402
2021 32
Active
$7,450,000
$11,792,402
2022 33
Retained
Active
$4,538,516
$2,461,568
$16,330,918
$18,792,486
2023 34
Active
$6,750,000
$25,542,486
2024 35
Retained
Active
$500,000
$7,000,000
$26,042,486
$33,042,486
Total      
$33,042,486
$26,042,486
$33,042,486
2025 36
Active / Club
$1,000,000
Total
$34,042,486
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2010
21
$100,000
$100,000
$100,000
2016
27
$277,300
$277,300
$377,300
2017
28
$543,750
$543,750
$921,050
2018
29
$569,500
$569,500
$1,490,550
2019
30
$1,000,000
$1,000,000
$2,490,550
2020
31
$1,851,852
$1,851,852
$4,342,402
2021
32
$6,750,000
$700,000
$7,450,000
$11,792,402
2022
33
$4,538,516
$2,461,568
$4,538,516
$2,461,568
$16,330,918
$18,792,486
2023
34
$6,750,000
$6,750,000
$25,542,486
2024
35
$500,000
$7,000,000
$500,000
$7,000,000
$26,042,486
$33,042,486
Total
$32,242,486
$100,000
$700,000
$33,042,486
$26,042,486
$33,042,486
2025
36
$1,000,000
$1,000,000
Total
$33,242,486
$100,000
$700,000
$34,042,486

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Incentives Cash Cumulative
8 $15,530,918 $100,000 $700,000 $16,330,918
3 $9,711,568 - - $9,711,568
1 $7,000,000 - - $7,000,000
  • Feb 16, 2024 Signed a 1 year $8 million contract with Philadelphia (PHI), plus a club option for 2025
  • Nov 03, 2023 Toronto (TOR) declined an $18 million Mutual option for 2024 ($500k buyout)
  • Aug 02, 2022 Traded to Toronto (TOR) from Kansas City (KC) for Samad Taylor and Maximo Castillo
  • Jan 28, 2019 Signed a 4 year $16.25 million contract with Kansas City (KC), avoiding arbitration
  • Mar 18, 2018 Signed a 1 year $569,500 contract with Kansas City (KC)
  • Feb 24, 2017 Signed a 1 year $543,750 contract with Kansas City (KC)
  • Jul 15, 2010 Signed a contract with Kansas City (KC)
  • Jun 08, 2010 Drafted by Kansas City (KC): Round 9 (#269 overall)
Year Team GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB K SB AVG OBP SLG OPS WAR
2024 PHI 40 31 121 17 23 4 0 3 9 36 13 14 6 .190 .274 .274 .572 0.09
2023 TOR 145 137 547 66 149 27 0 11 67 209 36 101 26 .272 .318 .318 .700 0.77
2022 TOR 139 129 504 70 126 28 1 11 58 189 38 85 16 .250 .298 .298 .673 -0.17
2021 KC 162 162 664 97 184 43 3 10 74 263 40 103 40 .277 .317 .317 .713 3.62
2020 KC 60 60 248 38 70 12 0 9 30 109 12 33 12 .282 .325 .325 .765 0.75
2019 KC 162 161 681 105 206 41 10 16 74 315 45 126 20 .302 .348 .348 .811 3.60
2018 KC 158 157 632 88 192 43 3 12 60 277 61 114 45 .304 .367 .367 .805 4.48
2017 KC 145 143 587 80 169 32 6 19 78 270 29 88 34 .288 .324 .324 .784 3.20
2016 KC 81 73 311 44 88 22 3 2 29 122 19 72 9 .283 .323 .323 .715 1.47
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