Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a contract extension with second baseman Whit Merrifield.
Merrifield, 30, hit .304 with 12 home runs, 60 RBIs and had a league-high 45 stolen bases in 158 games last season for the Royals.
He also led Major League Baseball with 192 hits. Merrifield owns a career .293 average with 33 home runs and 87 stolen bases in three seasons. He led the American League with 34 steals during the 2017 season.