Dodgers: Chris Taylor More Worried About Playing Than What Position

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 02: Infielder Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on August 02, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The always stoic Chris Taylor enters the 2021 season in a position he’s used to with the Dodgers. He’ll be a vital member of the bench who bounces all around the field defensively. Since 2017, CT3 has played every position except first base and catcher for LA. And each season he usually gets a chance to assume a starting role for a stretch while filling in for an injured teammate.

On Thursday, he was asked how he feels about his role and whether he’d prefer a single position to focus on.

I really don’t have a preference. The most important thing to me is playing. If I’m on the field, I’m happy. So whether I’m playing second base every day or shortstop every day or outfield or I’m playing all of those, I really just want to be on the field as much as I can be. And I know on this team playing every single day is not realistic with all the guys we have on our team. But whatever is gonna get me on the field as much as possible that’s what I want.

Since his first full season with the Dodgers, Taylor has appeared in 475 of 546 team games, with most of his missed time coming after a broken wrist in 2018. So, it’s safe to say that he gets into games. And this year stands to be not much different for the veteran utility man.

With Enrique Hernandez now gone, it’s reasonable to think that Taylor could get into even more games this season. And with his added focus on settling in and getting comfortable at third base this spring, the 30-year-old could potentially set himself up for a nice payday this offseason as a free agent.

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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.

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