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Whit Merrifield is traded from Kansas City to Toronto

Former Gamecock Whit Merrifield is on the move after being traded from K.C. to Toronto minutes before the trade deadline.
Credit: AP
Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield celebrate in the dugout his home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech during the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Royals sent Whit Merrifield to the Blue Jays just minutes before Tuesday’s trade deadline, even though the two-time All-Star was unvaccinated against COVID-19 and had to miss Kansas City’s trip to Toronto last month. 

It’s unclear whether Merrifield, who has primarily played second base but is capable of playing anywhere in the outfield and across the infield, has received or is planning to get the shot required of all players traveling to Canada. 

In exchange, the Royals received speedy outfielder Samad Taylor and right-hander Max Castillo, both of whom could help their big league team immediately.

Merrifield was a ninth round draft pick by the Royals in 2010. He is a two-time MLB All-Star (2019, 2021) 

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