The Dodgers took several punches to the gut on Monday as they lost both Max Scherzer and Corey Seager. It was also revealed that Max Muncy has a UCL tear in his non-throwing elbow. In some small good news, the Dodgers still remain in the mix to re-sign utility man Chris Taylor.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, Taylor could sign as early as Wednesday though the Dodgers will have some competition. The Blue Jays, Mariners, Angels, and Nationals have all shown interest in signing him as well.
Sources: Free agent Chris Taylor is drawing broad interest and could sign by Wednesday. Dodgers would like to retain him. Blue Jays, Mariners, Angels, and Nationals also have been involved over the past week. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 30, 2021
With Seager and Scherzer off of the table, the Dodgers may be more willing to open up their wallets for CT3. After all, he has been identified as Los Angeles’ most important free agent this winter. They have Trea Turner to slide over and replace Seager at short, but who will fill the void left by Taylor if he departs. No one is as versatile and clutch as Taylor. The Dodgers suffered to replace Kiké Hernandez when he departed, and Taylor will be even harder.
Bringing back Taylor would help solve the problem at second base if Gavin Lux is still unable to find his footing in the big leagues and if not he can always platoon in left field with AJ Pollock or spend time in all three outfield positions.
Taylor is undoubtedly the biggest free agent, aside from Clayton Kershaw, that is a part of the Dodgers 2021 free-agent class. Hopefully, Andrew Friedman works his magic and keeps CT3 a Dodger.
Chris Taylor Likely to Sign Wednesday, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Mariners, Angels Nats in the Mix!