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.
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 %.