The paper chaser is back! The Dodgers and free agent utility man Chris Taylor agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal on Wednesday. It was officially announced later in the evening.
The Dodgers today signed IF/OF Chris Taylor to a four-year contract that will keep him in Dodger Blue through the 2025 season.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 2, 2021
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the deal also includes a fifth year option that could increase the total to $73 million.
Taylor joined the Dodgers via trade back in June of 2016. Since then, the former fifth round draft pick by Seattle has become a mainstay in the LA lineup, playing in 657 games since then while playing all over the field. He was also named an All-Star for the first time in 2021.
The 31-year-old was lauded as the Dodgers MVP by teammates last season and brings a unique skill set to the team with his positional versatility and right-handed pop.
While other teams were heavily in pursuit of the utility man, it was reported that he turned down more money to stay in Los Angeles.
In a corresponding move, the Dodgers announced that infielder Sheldon Neuse was designated for assignment.
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