Rumors and reports are ramping up at the annual GM meetings this week. However, as usual, the reports are more filler than substance as the offseason just barely gets going in earnest. As you likely know by now, the Dodgers currently have 12 free agents from the 2021 team out on the open market. And each player is in the early stages of feeling out the market.
Of the several reports out of Carlsbad involving Dodgers players and potential free agent targets, this one should mostly come as no surprise. MLB insider Jon Heyman tweeted that Chris Taylor is expected to reject the qualifying offer.
Chris Taylor is expected to reject the $18.4M qualifying offer. Versatility and recent performance almost guarantees a great market.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 10, 2021
The Dodgers extended qualifying offers to Taylor and shortstop Corey Seager last week. Seager has already rejected the 1-year, $18.4 million QO from LA as he seeks a multi-year, multimillion-dollar deal in free agency.
With Taylor, there was at least a bit of hesitancy to presume he would reject the QO. Firstly, $18.4 million is a lot of money. Additionally, with several premium shortstops on the free agent market at the same time, perhaps taking the 1-year guarantee and re-entering the market as one of the top position players capable of playing shortstop next offseason could prove to be more lucrative.
Either way, the utility man is going to get paid this offseason, this is undeniable. And this offseason he can do so as a shortstop or outfielder or even a second baseman. MLB Trade Rumors projects a 4-year, $64 million deal for CT3 this winter.