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Dodgers and Chris Taylor Agree to Two-Year Contract



After reaching a salary arbitration hearing with Joc Pederson on Thursday — he lost his case — today the Dodgers announced that the club and utility player Chris Taylor have agreed to a two-year contract extension, avoiding arbitration.

As MLB scribe notes in the above tweet, CT3 will earn $13.4M over the next two seasons. This comes on the heels of the Dodgers and Max Muncy agreeing to a three-year deal on Thursday.

Next up for Los Angeles is one more case that seems likely to avoid arbitration is with pitcher Pedro Baez.

Baez submitted a salary of $4M for the 2020 season while the Dodgers offered $3.5M. The 31-year-old is entering his final season of team control and slots in as a middle reliever in a re-stocked bullpen.

2020 will mark Taylor’s fifth season Los Angeles since being acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners for former top pitching prospect Zach Lee.

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Official Press Release

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a two-year contract extension with infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor, avoiding arbitration.

Taylor, 29, played in 124 games last season with the Dodgers, hitting .262 (96-for-366) with 12 homers and 52 RBI. He has spent parts of four seasons with Los Angeles, slashing .266/.337/.463 while amassing 51 homers and 194 RBI over 453 games.

In 2017, he was named NLCS co-MVP after hitting .316 (6-for-19) with five runs, four extra-base hits and three RBI. The Virginia Beach native was originally acquired by the Dodgers on June 19, 2016 from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Zach Lee.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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