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Monday, November 30, 2020

Royals ink Michael A.  Taylor to one-year contract

The Royals announced Monday that they’ve signed free-agent outfielder Michael A. Taylor.

A source told’s Mark Feinsand that Taylor’s contract is a one-year Major League deal worth $1.75 million, plus up to $1 million in incentives. The team hasn’t confirmed the terms of the contract.

Taylor, who spent his first seven big league seasons with the Nationals and was a part of their World Series-winning team in 2019, elected to become a free agent in October after clearing outright waivers.

The 29-year-old played in 38 games for Washington in 2020, hitting .196 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2020 at 04:12 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hank Gillette Posted: November 30, 2020 at 05:20 PM (#5991689)
I am sorry to see him leave the Nationals, although he never seemed to realize his talent. Or, maybe he did, and his talent was being a .250 hitter with sporadic power and a 75 OPS+. He seems like a good guy, and I hope the change in scenery will help him have a breakout season.
   2. Zach Posted: November 30, 2020 at 07:20 PM (#5991718)
Based on Moore's track record, I'm guessing he's a toolsy centerfielder with good defense and poor OBP.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 30, 2020 at 09:09 PM (#5991748)
Taylor did have a pretty good 2017 season: 118 games at .271/.320/.486 for a .806 OPS, 104 OPS+, with 19 HRs, along with good defense. Unfortunately, his other 6 seasons were all at sub-.700 OPS level, some well-below.
   4. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: November 30, 2020 at 09:58 PM (#5991758)
I was hoping his 2017 was a breakout. He came late to baseball and always seemed like he might at some point put it all together. Hope he does well with the Royals. I will always miss his gloriously non-plussed celebrations after great achievements- my favorite was always this one, where he looked like he'd asked a genie to be a sports hero, and then was thinking, "that was it? I didn't mean like a walk-off double in May, come on..."
   5. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: December 01, 2020 at 09:32 AM (#5991800)
It seems like he's been popular for his whole time with the Nationals, despite hitting .250 or under in 6 of 7 seasons and only playing 100 games three times.

People just like a fast, skinny centerfielder. I liked Ben Revere when he was on the Phillies. I like Roman Quinn now!

Finally, respect for him still being Michael "A." Taylor in 2020 after the slightly older Michael Taylor on the A's had his much less successful career end in 2015.
   6. Adam Starblind Posted: December 01, 2020 at 02:31 PM (#5991870)

Used correctly about as often as "begs the question."
   7. RoyalFlush Posted: December 01, 2020 at 03:37 PM (#5991886)
Was kind of hoping that Edward Olivares would fill that Lorenzo Cain role for Dayton. Not sure both Olivares and Taylor fit in the outfield with Dozier, Whit and Soler. I know Soler will primarily DH, but Perez, a 1B and Dozier will see time there too.

So much talent, so few spots. But the path to 75 wins is there - they just have to want it enough.

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