2. Trading Zach Lee for Chris Taylor
If you have spent a minute on Dodgers Twitter, then you already know the infamous tweet that has become a meme at this point.
The Dodgers traded someone who was previously a highly-touted prospect in the system for someone who seemed to be a Triple-A lifer in Chris Taylor. Prior to the trade, Taylor had appeared in only 86 MLB games and had an OPS of .593.
Lee may have lost most of his trade value as a top prospect, but the fact that the Dodgers traded him for someone like Taylor still seemed absurd. However, the Dodgers very obviously saw something in Taylor, who has since become a key component in the team’s success.
Now one of the longest-tenured players on the roster, Taylor has an All-Star appearance, won the 2017 NLCS MVP, and slammed a walk-off home run in the do-or-die Wild Card Game against the Cardinals last season.
Taylor’s versatility has been extremely valuable to the Dodgers, as the utility man has slashed .261/.339/.453 with a 111 OPS+ in LA. Not the most eye-popping stats, but Taylor has been a consistent, quality member of the lineup since day one.
CT3 has also been Mr. NLCS for the Dodgers. On top of his NLCS MVP award from 2017, Taylor has a 1.122 OPS in his 23 (the most of any series) career NLCS games. There have been 47 position players in MLB history to play in 20 or more NLCS games. Taylor has the second-best OPS of those 47 players, sandwiched between Carlos Beltran and Albert Pujols.