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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Michael A. Taylor, Kansas City Royals reach 2-year, $9M extension, sources say

Center fielder Michael A. Taylor and the Royals are in agreement on a two-year, $9 million contract extension, sources told ESPN on Wednesday, keeping the elite defensive center fielder in Kansas City as the team’s rebuild nears its next phase.

Taylor, 30, signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal with Kansas City over the winter after being outrighted by the Washington Nationals, with whom he had spent his entire major league career. While Taylor remained an enigmatic offensive performer with the Royals, he placed himself firmly in the discussion for best defensive center fielders—and best defensive player period—in baseball.

Publicly available defensive metrics often disagree on players’ defensive contributions. Not Taylor. He is the top-ranked outfielder in Outs Above Average, Defensive Runs Saved and Ultimate Zone Rating, the three metrics commonly used to measure defensive performance. Taylor’s UZR is the best of any player regardless of position and his DRS is second.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2021 at 06:00 PM | 6 comment(s)
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