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Blue Jays: Last offseason interests and how they are doing so far this year

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers drives in a run with a double in the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 23, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers drives in a run with a double in the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 23, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MAY 18: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning at Dodger Stadium on May 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Chris Taylor

Re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a four-year deal worth $60 million

After a few seasons with the Seattle Mariners organization, utility player Chris Taylor found himself with the Los Angeles Dodgers and has found a home in California ever since being traded back in 2016.

As a member of the Dodgers prior to the 2021/2022 offseason, Taylor owned a .799 OPS while adding 79 home runs and 299 RBI through 657 games. While his .264 is solid enough on its own, Taylor is a versatile athlete that can play numerous positions across the diamond in a utility-type role that many teams covet but seldom own. Not only that, Taylor was coming off a strong 2021 campaign that saw him earn his first All-Star appearance.

The Dodgers offered the Virginia product a qualifying offer, which he rejected, and looked to cash in on the free-agent market. The Blue Jays did have some serious interest in the utility player but he ultimately returned to Los Angeles on a four-year, $60 million extension.

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Through 40 games this season primarily suiting up in the outfield, Taylor owns a .261/.341/.462 slash line with 21 RBI and a .803 OPS. He has racked up 55 strikeouts on the year but has been hitting well when he gets the pitch he wants with his 81st percentile barrel %.

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