It’s been an offseason of a lot of heartbreak for Dodgers fans in Los Angeles. Over the last few days, they’ve had to watch guys like Corey Seager, Corey Knebel, and Max Scherer all sign new deals with different teams. And what were they rewarded with by Andrew Friedman? A free-agent contract for Daniel Hudson.
But with just hours to go until MLB experiences a labor lockout, Andy appears to be rewarding fans. The Dodgers are reportedly close to re-signing Chris Taylor on a deal, per ESPN’S Jeff Passan. The deal is expected to be completed before the deadline at 11:59 pm eastern time.
The deal makes losing Corey Seager a little easier for the Dodgers. Not only does it fill a need with the bat, but it allows for some defensive versatility that Dave Roberts and the team have stressed for so many years.
Ken Rosenthal reported that CT3’s deal is for 4 years and $60 million with a fifth year option that could bring the total value up to $73 million.
Taylor can play all over the diamond and has had a quality bat since joining up with the Dodgers. While the strikeout numbers have been an issue, there is no doubting his .804 OPS over the last 5 years with Los Angeles.
Taylor hit 20 homeruns during the 2021 campaign and drove in 73 runs. That was huge, especially when the Dodgers went through a phase where so many guys were injured early on in the year. The deal is expected to be for multiple years.