Sports Briefs: Whit Merrifield’s contract re-structured

Published 1:57 pm Thursday, April 28, 2022

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KC Restructures Merrifield’s Contract

The Kansas City Royals restructured Whit Merrifield’s contract right before the 2022 season.

Before the 2019 season, Merrifield signed a four-year contract worth a guaranteed $16.25 million that included a fifth-year option for 2023.

The team exercised its club option on Merrifield for 2023 and added a mutual option for 2024. Terms were not disclosed but the restructured contract will pay him $7 million this year and $2.75 next season with $4 million in potential escalators based on him staying healthy, a source told The Star. The 2024 mutual option added on April 6 is $18 million or a $500,000 buyout.

Sign Up For Legion Baseball

If you’re interested in playing American Legion baseball this summer for either the junior or senior team, you need to register on the Mocksville Legion Facebook page. If you have trouble downloading the form, contact Donnie Simmons at 336-816-2175 or Charles Kurfees at 336-940-7503. Registration/parent meeting for junior and senior teams will be May 1 at Rich Park at 4 p.m. Bring a copy of birth certificate or driver’s license. The first practice will be May 14 at 2 p.m.

Martin Improves In All Facets

Look at Cody Martin’s development from last year to this year with the Charlotte Hornets. He improved in no less than seven categories.

His scoring average went from 4 to 7.7. His rebounds went from 3.1 to 4, his assists from 1.7 to 2.5, his field goal percentage from 44.1 to 48.2, his 2-point percentage from 51.5 to 54.2, his 3-point percentage from 27.6 to 38.4 and his free-throw percentage from 58.1 to 70.1.

Davie Girls Basketball Camp

The Davie girls basketball camp will be July 25-28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for kindergarten through eighth graders. The cost will be $75 per camper if registered by June 25; $100 after early registration. Register on the Davie County website and click “buy event tickets.” For more information, contact coach Lindsey Adams at

Davie Girls Soccer Camp

The Davie girls soccer camp will run July 18-20 from 8-11:30 a.m. for rising third through eighth grades. The cost is $60 if you register by July 1; $80 at the door. For more information, contact coach Corbin Kopetzky at

Davie Wrestling Camp

The Davie wrestling camp will be held July 18-22 from 8 a.m.-noon with two divisions – third-fifth graders in one and sixth-12th graders in another. The cost is $75 if you preregister and $100 at the door. For more information, contact coach Perry Long at