There are a lot of reasons to hate the season ending for the Dodgers on Saturday night in Atlanta. Besides the obvious of not reaching the World Series and going back-to-back, fans also have to face the uncertainty of some of their favorite players.
This year’s free-agent class is particularly painful for the Dodgers. There a re a number of guys that will be hitting the open market and searching for lucrative contracts. Chris Taylor is one of those guys.
After the loss in Atlanta, the Dodgers free agents were asked about their future. Taylor’s comments had fans worried that they might have seen the last of him in Los Angeles. Rather than inspire hope or say that he would like to return, CT3 was realistic.
I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve loved every minute of being a Dodger. I have no idea what’s going to happen this offseason… I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to play for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers signed Taylor to a 2-year deal worth $13.4 million back in February of 2020. That annual average of just over $6 million is expected to at least double when he signs his next deal. A guy that can play all over the field and hit for power is going to be sought after on the open market.
But Taylor does come with a few downsides, and one in particular might give the Dodgers hesitancy in offering him a ton of money. He struck out 167 times in 2021, which means almost 29 percent of his plate appearances ended in a K. That doesn’t fit the style of play that Andrew Friedman and his front office are looking for.
But what he lacks in K percentage CT3 makes up for in literally everything else’s. He’s an asset to any team, and we would be lucky to have him back.