Royals Insider: 'Whit Merrifield had to be moved'

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There's been plenty of reaction, so far, to the news that the Royals traded Whit Merrifield to the Toronto Blue Jays. The team's in the middle of an extended rebuild, and moving on from a player who, by many accounts, also wanted to move on was clearly in the interest of both sides. Speaking to 610's Fescoe In The Morning on Wednesday, team insider Josh Vernier explained why the trade made so much sense.

"The move of Whit Merrifield, to me, just reflects that the front office acknowledges what's going on," he said. "That the front office is aware of how that clubhouse needed to change, of how Whit Merrifield needed to go to a winner. Everyone was on board. Everyone knew what was going on inside that clubhouse. Everyone knew Whit Merrifield was ready to move on – the Royals were ready to move on from Whit Merrifield. That's why I was going to be so very shocked if they held on to him, because just everyone was hip to what needed to happen for the betterment of this organization. Benny, Santana, you needed to move them. Whit Merrifield had to be moved."

You can listen to Vernier's entire interview in the embedded player below: