Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, July 31, 2019: "Thinking Inside the Box"

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"There is perhaps no one trade that makes more sense than the Cubs paying in prospects to acquire Whit Merrifield. He would provide a massive jolt to the offense, fill the second-base hole most days, while satisfying Joe Maddon’s need to manage Team Pretzel on others. I understand why the Royals would hold Merrifield or price him very highly, but the Cubs have every reason to meet that price."