This will come as great news for Dodgers fans scorned by the departure of shortstop Corey Seager. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Chris Taylor wasn’t interested in big bucks this offseason.
He wanted to be a Dodger no matter what.
Ben Zobrist got 4/56 from Cubs entering age 35 season in 2016, a deal perhaps no team would give a player of that age today. Taylor gets 4/60 entering age 31 season, plus club option. His camp told other teams this AM that money wasn’t driving factor. He wanted to stay with LAD. https://t.co/0UQqV1Ntnz
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 2, 2021
The utility man still ended up with a nice payday no doubt. Taylor and the Dodgers agreed to a 4 year, $60 million deal just ahead of the MLB lockout. An option year could bring the total value to as much as $73 million.
While that’s a far cry from the $325 million Seager secured from the Rangers — certainly they are two players in very different talent brackets — it’s still what folks refer to as generational wealth. Taylor is happy in LA. Taylor’s girlfriend is also happy in LA, evidenced by her joyful post on Instagram where she exclaimed “we don’t have to move!!”
And really, isn’t that what’s most important?
Chris Taylor will be in Dodger blue for the next half decade and all is right at Dodger Stadium.
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Taylor will be paid $15 million in each of the first two years of his deal. In 2024 and 2025, he gets paid $13 million annually. His 2026 option is worth $12 million or a $4 million buyout. The option year value increases to $13 million if he earns an All-Star berth, makes 525 or more plate appearances during the 2025 season, or wins a Silver Slugger during that season.