Report: Royals, Merrifield close to 4-year contract extension

Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield throws to first for an out against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) -- According to a report by MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Kansas City Royals and second baseman Whit Merrifield are close to finalizing a 4-year contract extension.

Morosi tweeted the deal would be worth $16.25 million, including $2 million in performance bonuses.

The Royals have not confirmed or denied the negotiations as of Sunday night, but another source told that the deal could be completed in the next few days.

Merrifield led the Majors in hits (192) and stolen bases (45) last season, becoming just the third player since 1945 to do so and joining the ranks of Ichiro Suzuki and Dee Gordon.

He also ended the season on a career-high 20-game hitting streak.