2. Boston Red Sox
Talk about a team that has ties to the Dodgers. The Boston Red Sox are employing two former Dodgers in their lineup in Enrique Hernandez and Alex Verdugo in addition to right-hander, Nathan Eovaldi (who was on the Dodgers long before Taylor).
The Red Sox have reportedly already shown interest in Taylor this offseason and it would be frustrating as a fan to see yet another utility player head to Boston to get more money and playing time.
Hernandez had the best season of his career with the Red Sox in 2021, proving right the theory that he’s a valuable bat if he just gets consistent playing time and isn’t concerned about his role.
As for Taylor, he’d probably be utilized in Boston exactly how he’s been in LA.
Hernandez ended up playing mostly center field for the Red Sox last season and Taylor could be the team’s first option in the corner outfield spots if either Verdugo or Hunter Renfroe get hurt. Renfroe also isn’t the most consistent hitter, so we could see Taylor getting starts in the outfield sporadically just for that reason.
Taylor would also fill in at second base, which is currently manned by Christian Arroyo, who is not exactly an MLB-caliber starter. Between injuries, nights off and cold hitters, Taylor will get plenty of time with the Red Sox just like he has with the Dodgers.
However, because there’s not a bonafide role for him etched out like some of the other teams, it’s hard to consider the Red Sox as the no. 1 option.