The MLB qualifying offer deadline came and went on Wednesday and as expected, Chris Taylor officially opted for free agency. The coveted utility man enters the market coming off his first career All-Star Game selection and a strong postseason where he led the Dodgers with a 1.202 OPS and four home runs. With his elite positional versatility and plus bat, a robust market is already forming around the former NLCS MVP.
According to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio, “the utility man is drawing interest from the Red Sox, Cardinals, Rangers, Giants, Marlins and others, according to sources. The Dodgers are also in the mix.” The key takeaway here is that the Dodgers remain in the mix, for now, despite the fact that Taylor rejected their qualifying offer.
A reunion will likely require LA to make him a contract offer worth anywhere between of $60-70+ million on a four or five year deal. We discuss Taylor’s potential suitors and who poses the biggest threat to sign him away from the Dodgers. Plus, will Chris Taylor’s connections to Chris Woodward of the Rangers and Farhan Zaidi play a factor in his decision?
In 6 years with the Dodgers, Taylor posted a .264 batting average with 79 home runs and 299 runs batted in. His positional versatility helped Dave Roberts more than any stats could ever quantify and it’s tough to imagine LA having the same level of success without him since his breakout 2017 season.
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