LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Dodgers bring back one of their key pieces in the utility Chris Taylor.
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Taylor was one of the Dodgers’ most coveted former players, becoming a free agent this offseason, especially thanks to his versatility on the diamond. Taylor can play pretty much any position except first base and catcher.
Financial deals for the term are not yet readily available, according to both ESPN’s Jeff Passan and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
In 2021, Taylor divided the time between six different positions on the field: midfield (61 games), second base (46), left field (30), card stop (23), third base (11) and right field (8), often playing multiple positions in the same game.
Taylor expects to play a sharing role at second base with Gavin Lux after the Dodgers lost shortstop Corey Seager to the Texas Rangers in free play. Trea Turner, who the team acquired at the trade deadline last season, is likely to switch back to its natural position at shortstop, leaving second base left.
He was one of the most consistent strikers on the team in 2021 and earned his first All-Star spot. He hit twenty homeruns and ran in 73 runs while adding 13 stolen bases – good for first place on the Dodgers list. His slash sat at a very respectable .254 / .344 / .438.
Taylor’s biggest moments this year came in October, which Los Angeles fans have become accustomed to during his time with Boys in Blue. Taylor hit a walk-off two-run homerun by Alex Reyes of St. Louis. Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card game, which sent the Dodgers to the National League Division Series.
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After the Dodgers sent the San Francisco Giants home, they advanced to the National League Championship Series, where Taylor hit .476 with three homeruns and nine RBIs. He had ten hits and three stolen bases in the six games against the Atlanta Braves. His game 5 performance will go down in baseball history as he would lead an 11-run attack for the Dodgers – hitting three homeruns and running in six. He is the first player in Major League history to have three homers in an off-season elimination match.
Taylor was also awarded the 2017 National League Championship MVP in a five-game series against the Chicago Cubs – where he hit .316 with two homeruns, three RBIs and a triple – adding five walks for a .458 on-base percentage.
Of course, he was also on the World Series Championship team in 2020.
Taylor was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. He would break into the big ones in 2014 and 2015 in small capacities before being traded to the Dodgers in 2016.
They bought CT3, now 31, from Mariners to pitcher Zach Lee, who has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2017, and has only made four appearances in two short MLB periods. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto would go on to call this deal “the worst I’ve ever made,” according to The Seattle Times.
Since then, Taylor has become a fan favorite in Los Angeles and has played almost every game for the Dodgers over the past five years.
Over the course of his career, Taylor has beaten 79 homers and run 309 races. His career WAR is 15.1.
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The move is good news in a week that has been anything but that for the Dodgers franchise, as they lost superstar pitcher Max Scherzer and longtime shortstop Corey Seager to free agency on Monday.