In what seems like ages ago, the Dodgers re-signed super utility Chris Taylor to a four-year, $60 million deal that included a fifth-year club option ($12 million). CT3 and the Dodgers reached the deal before the Dec. 1 lockout.
The Dodgers are blessed with many talented players, but Taylor’s positional versatility is the straw that stirs the drink for LA. His ability to seamlessly slide between positions helps the Dodgers unlock the full value of their roster.
According to Dodgers third baseman coach Dino Ebel, Taylor’s contributions go far beyond the box score. Ebel explained in an episode of AM570’s Dodger Talk with David Vassegh.
“He’s a great teammate. Great club boss. He just wants to win, he just goes out, he doesn’t say much. He’s in the cages, out in the field getting ground balls, he’s a A regular player, he has a great talent, an excellent clutch hitter and he plays in several positions.
Last season, Taylor earned her first-ever All-Star selection. In the first half, Taylor posted an .834 OPS and a 130 WRC+. His second half wasn’t as strong (.694 OPS), but CT3 made up for it in the playoffs.
Taylor smashed a two-run home run in the 2021 NL Wild Card game against the St. Louis Cardinals to send the Dodgers to the NLDS. Taylor and the Dodgers would beat the Giants in five games before losing to the Braves in the NLCS.
Ebel expressed Taylor’s importance to the Dodgers organization.
“I’m so happy we got this guy back because he means so much to our ball club.”
Depending on what the Dodgers do in free agency, Taylor could play more games than usual at second and third bases in addition to the outfield this coming season.
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