We’re in that weird little lull in the offseason where we can find almost anything Dodgers related posted by reputable insider and take the opportunity to explore the concept. For example, a recent article from The Athletic opined that, in the case of free agent Chris Taylor, LA may be more inclined to explore the trade market over engaging in a bidding war for the utility man.
Of course, Taylor is currently on the open market and, after rejecting an $18.4 million qualifying offer, is free to engage with any club as a free agent. Experts predict a contract in the neighborhood of 4 years and $64 million — $16 million annually — which might be a little more than the Dodgers are willing to swallow in an offseason that saw 11 other key free agents walk.
With that, Andy McCullough shared his thoughts on Taylor returning to the Dodgers, offering the following line.
Someone is going to need to replace Chris Taylor. Maybe even more likely than a reunion with Chris Taylor or a mega-contract with Kris Bryant would be if Friedman identified a utility man or two via trade.
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There really isn’t a more Andrew Friedman move than finding quality talent amongst the minor league levels of other organizations. Although the argument could be made that former Dodger GM Farhan Zaidi may have been the front office guy with the keener eye considering most of LA’s best low risk, high reward moves were made under his watch…
…Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes, Dylan Floro, Max Muncy, and Chris Taylor all were picked up with Farhan as the GM. These are guys that had gone as far as they could with their previous organizations before becoming important role players in LA.
Not to say Friedman hasn’t had his success stories in the years since Zaidi jumped ship for San Francisco. Although the list is much shorter with Phil Bickford and Alex Vesia as the true standouts.
Where Friedman is king is in pulling off the blockbuster deal (hello Yu/Mookie/Trea/Max).
If Andrew’s plan is to find the next great Dodger diamond in the rough that can fill the shoes of Chris Taylor, he’ll have to do a lot better than he attempted last year with Sheldon Neuse. Or, you know, just pony up to re-sign Chris Taylor and be done with it.