There was a rumor earlier this offseason that the Cubs might make trading for Whit Merrifield a “priority,” but even if it’s true, the Royals would have to actually engage in those trade talks to make anything happen.

And the signal they’re putting out is that they aren’t there right now:

 

Translation? The Royals probably don’t have very realistic demands for Merrifield in a trade right now. That’s fine. He’s signed to a multi-year deal, he’s one of the few familiar faces on the club, and teams don’t have to trade away every valuable piece just because there are askers.