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Dodgers to re-sign Chris Taylor – CBS Los Angeles

Los Angeles (Spila) – The Los Angeles Dodgers are bringing back one of their key pieces in companion man Chris Taylor.

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 21: Chris Taylor No. 3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during Game 5 of the NLCS between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium on Thursday, October 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Images via Getty Images)

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Taylor has been one of the most sought after players turned free agent this off-season, thanks in particular to his versatility on diamonds. Taylor can play almost every position except first base and catch.

Financial deals for this term aren’t readily available yet, according to both Jeff Bassan of ESPN and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

In 2021, Taylor split time between six different field positions: quarterback (61 games), second base (46), left field (30), shortstop (23), third base (11) and right field (8), often Put multiple locations in the same game.

Taylor characters to fill the role of a platoon at second base with Gavin Lux, after the Dodgers lost Corey Seager to the Texas Rangers in free agency. Tria Turner, who was acquired by the team at the trade deadline last season, will likely be back in position at a short pit stop, leaving second base spare to grab.

He was one of the team’s most consistent hitters in 2021, earning his first All-Star berth. He hit twenty home and drove 73 while adding 13 stolen bases – good for a first on the Dodgers roster. His slash line sat at a very respectable .254/.344/.438.

Taylor’s greatest moment of the year came in October, as Los Angeles fans got used to it during his time with The Boys in Blue. Taylor hit a home run from Alex Reyes of the St. Louis Cardinals in a National League Wild Card game, sending the Dodgers into the National League series.

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After the Dodgers sent the San Francisco Giants home, they advanced to the National League Series, where Taylor would hit .476 with three home runs and nine RBI attacks. He had ten hits and three bases stolen during the six games against the Atlanta Braves. His Game 5 drop in baseball lore will lead the Dodgers’ 11-stroke attack—three home runs and lead in six. He is the first player in Major League history to have three teammates in a post-season playoff match.

Taylor was also named the 2017 NFL Player of the Year in a five-game streak against the Chicago Cubs — coming in at 0.316 with two home runs, three RBIs and triples — adding five runs for 0.458 on a percentage basis.

He was also, of course, in the 2020 World Championship Team.

Taylor was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. He would break into big companies in 2014 and 2015 in small capacities before being traded with Dodgers in 2016.

They acquired CT3, now 31, from the Mariners for bowler Zach Lee, who has not been in the major leagues since 2017, making just four appearances in two MLB stints. Mariners general manager Jerry DePoto will go on to call this deal “the worst deal I’ve ever done,” according to the Seattle Times.

Since then, Taylor has become a fan favorite in Los Angeles, playing nearly every game for the Dodgers over the past five years.

Over his career, Taylor hit 79 and led 309 runs. His WAR career is 15.1.

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The move is good news in a week that has been anything but for the Dodgers franchise, as they lost long-time co-star Max Scherzer and Corey Seager to free agency on Monday.

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