Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed Chris Taylor as a free agent. The deal, worth $60 million over four years, includes a club option.
Taylor, 31, was named an All-Star in 2021 for the first-time. He hit.254 with 20 runs and set career records with 92 runs scored and 73 RBIs. After hitting a game-ending run in the NL wildcard game against St. Louis he batted.476 in NL Championship Series against Atlanta with three homers.
Taylor has played all positions except first base, catcher and pitcher and is a career.261 hitter, with 79 homers. He was co-NLCS MVP 2017 and a key contributor to the Dodgers winning the World Series in 2020.
After losing ace Max Scherzer, and shortstop Corey Seager to free agency this week, the Dodgers retained Taylor. Scherzer and Seager each signed three-year contracts worth $130 million with the New York Mets. Seager, on the other hand, signed a 10-year contract worth $325 million with the Texas Rangers.
Taylor was interested in free agency by multiple teams, including the San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners.
Sources NBC LATalyor, who was expected to sign prior to the 12:00PM EST MLB lockout deadline on Tuesday night, told reporters that it was down to the Marlins as well as the Dodgers. Sources indicated that Taylor had been offered many offers but decided to sign with the Dodgers.
Taylor will receive $15 million in 2022 ‘23, then $13 million in ’24 and ’25. His club option for 2026 comes with a $4million buyout.
Los Angeles assigned Sheldon Neuse, infielder, to Taylor’s assignment.