Blue Jays, Whit Merrifield decline $18M mutual option
Posted on: 03 Nov, 2023 at 03:33 PM
Credit: Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
The Toronto Blue Jays and Whit Merrifield both declined his $18 million mutual option for 2024, making the three-time All-Star a free agent.
The Blue Jays, who made the announcement on Friday, will owe the 34-year-old second baseman/outfielder a $500,000 buyout.
Merrifield was the only Toronto player named a Silver Slugger finalist in 2023 after batting .272 with 11 home runs, 67 RBIs and 26 stolen bases in 145 games.
Merrifield made the American League All-Star team for a third time in 2023, joining his 2019 and 2021 selections as a member of the Kansas City Royals.
He is a lifetime .284/.330/.420 hitter with 90 homers, 470 RBIs and 201 stolen bases in 1,052 games for the Royals (2016-22) and Blue Jays. Toronto acquired him from Kansas City on Aug. 2, 2022 in exchange for right-hander Max Castillo and infielder/outfielder Samad Taylor.
Merrifield has led the AL in stolen bases three times (2017, 2018, 2021), hits two times (2018, 2019) and in doubles (2021) and triples (2019) once each.
--Field Level Media