With Max Scherzer leaving Los Angeles for the New York Mets on a massive three-year, $130 million-plus deal, the Dodgers have officially struck out on their first free agent of the offseason. According to multiple reports, LA may have actually finished in a distant third place behind the Mets and Angels in the Scherzer sweepstakes.
Now set to move on, the offseason shifts its focus to Corey Seager, who is expected to sign a deal somewhere as soon as Monday evening. But another big name is starting to heat up the hot stove.
Chris Taylor’s name has popped up more in recent days. And early on Monday morning, MLB insider Jon Heyman reported that the Phillies, Nationals, and Miami Marlins are interested in the utility man.
Phillies and Nationals like Marlins, among others, are interested in Chris Taylor
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 29, 2021
This doesn’t necessarily preclude the Dodgers from having interest in retaining the 2021 All-Star, but its certainly not something fans want to see after losing Scherzer. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic says that Taylor is “expected to command a four- or five-year deal” this winter and that the Mariners — the team that drafted the 31-year-old — is also in play for his services.
CT3 has often been looked at as a must re-sign for the Dodgers. Former LA star Andre Ethier said as much earlier this month as well. Last season after losing another utility star — Enrique Hernandez — via free agency, the Dodgers struggled to replace that production off the bench. While the team still piecemealed a bench together and recorded 106 wins, the loss of Taylor would be devastating to the roster.
Particularly if Corey Seager also leaves via free agency.
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With the collective bargaining agreement set to expire at 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, we could see Taylor’s market seriously heat up over the next 48 hours.
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