The Kansas City Royals will do their best to be sellers this year before the MLB non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 with hopes of stocking up on future assets for their rebuild.
All-Star third baseman Mike Moustakas is on the market and drawing interest from around the league, and another Royals infielder is now reportedly joining him.
Though Whit Merrifield may not be the biggest name in the trade pool, his ability as a utility guy who can play both the infield and outfield is a desirable trait for contending teams like the Brewers and Phillies.
Both teams are in play for Moustakas, but if the price becomes too high, Merrifield could be a solid, affordable option who has yet to hit his arbitration year with KC. In 83 games thus far over 324 at-bats, the 29-year-old has slashed .290/.359/.414 with five homers and 28 RBI.
The Phillies are short on infielders, with Pedro Florimon and J.P. Crawford currently on the DL. while the Brewers can benefit from the depth as well, as they own the best record in the National League and surely fancy themselves title contenders. Game on!