Every offseason is a big offseason when a team is a perennial contender. For the Dodgers, this winter seems especially pivotal. Dodgers franchise cornerstones, Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Corey Seager, and Chris Taylor are on the open market. One MLB expert believes Chris Taylor will be headed to the NL East.
MLB writer Anthony Castrovince thinks that Chris Taylor is destined for the Philadelphia Phillies. Castrovince penned his “bold” free agency predictions article this week and provided his reasoning on Taylor-to-Philadelphia.
“He can give them at-bats all over the diamond and particularly help out in the problem spots of center field and shortstop.”
The article is an interesting read and admittedly, there are a few…(extra) bold predictions. Contrarily, one doesn’t need a crystal ball to see that the Phillies need a solution at shortstop for 2022. Chris Taylor could readily fill that void.
In 2021, Philadelphia primarily used a mix of Didi Gregorius, Ronald Torreyes, Nick Maton, and their old friend Freddy Galvis to lackluster results.
Castrovince also stated that Taylor could provide additional lineup protection for 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper.
“Philadelphia desperately needs to lengthen its lineup and get more support for Bryce Harper. But delving into the top end of the market might be difficult for a team that has so many major financial commitments and so many needs.”
Taylor has earned his payday. His days as the Dodgers ultimate bargain are over. The 2021 All-Star deserves a legitimate contract.
Hopefully, it’s with the Los Angles Dodgers.