Dodgers, Chris Taylor agree to 4-year, $60 million deal, ESPN reports

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Thursday, December 2, 2021
Dodgers player Chris Taylor watches his solo home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of baseball's National League Championship Series

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers reached agreement Wednesday with versatile All-Star Chris Taylor on a four-year, $60 million deal that includes a club option for a fifth season, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Taylor, 31, earned his first All-Star selection with the Dodgers in 2021, hitting .254 with 20 home runs, 73 RBIs and 13 steals. He saw the majority of his playing time as a center fielder and at second base, but he also saw action at the other outfield positions as well as shortstop and third base.

He had received a qualifying offer worth $18.4 million for one year, but he turned it down to enter free agency.

Wednesday's agreement was first reported by The Athletic.

Taylor made an impact in the postseason, hitting three home runs in an 11-2 victory against the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. His 13 total bases in the game set a Dodgers postseason franchise record.

It was some needed good news for the Dodgers, who had already seen star pitcher Max Scherzer and shortstop Corey Seager leave for big deals via free agency.

After breaking into the majors with the Seattle Mariners in 2014, Taylor was traded to the Dodgers in 2016. In his six-plus seasons in Los Angeles, he hit .264.