Former major league general manager Jim Bowden wrote a piece for The Athletic in which he said that the Los Angeles Dodgers should trade for Whit Merrifield. Bowden said that the Royals would be thrilled to get back a package of second baseman Jeter Downs and pitcher Josiah Gray. Both are currently in Single-A. Bowden said both players have risk but also high upside. Jeter Downs is the Dodgers’ number seven prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Josiah Gray is their number 17 prospect.
This trade lines up almost perfectly with what I wrote about in early June when I said the Royals need to consider trading Whit Merrifield.
Dayton Moore was asked about the possibility of trading Whit Merrifield and he indicated that it would take a lot for a team to get Whit away from the Royals.
That’s the right thing to say. Maybe Dayton can increase Whit’s return between now and the trading deadline at the end of July. What Dayton can’t afford to do is value his players too highly and miss out on chances to improve the organization. Of course, as I also wrote in the piece, the Royals have him in a very team-friendly contract so they don’t have to settle for any offer they feel is not good enough. Maybe they can get players closer to the big leagues.
Again, there is no rush to trade Whit this season. We don’t know exactly what Dayton Moore is thinking. All we can go on is the past and that has been a series of holding on to major league players and getting little or nothing in return to replenish the minor league system.