Chris Taylor, UTIL
Thanks for the memories, CT3. Dodger fans will never let this man forget about the postseason moments, the whip-quick bat, and the lopsided Mariners trade that carried him to Los Angeles.
At this point, though, Taylor's potent bat could easily be a thing of the past. The 32-year-old Virginia Cavalier will still provide the Dodgers value in the clubhouse (and with his versatility), but the days of postseason offensive dominance are likely over, as evidenced by the shaky managerial moves that kept him out of a pinch-hitting role against the Padres last fall.
If a vaunted postseason hero isn't going to get a chance over Austin Barnes, that tells you all you need to know.
Never a Statcast darling, Taylor's 2022 season was especially worrisome; his xBA of .195 fell in the bottom 2% of the league, below even Muncy. His average exit velocity slotted into the 20th percentile, and his hard-hit percentage fell in the 38th. His card, in essence, was Dodger Blue in all the worst ways.
Taylor will continue to be a nice chess piece for Dave Roberts moving forward, but if he isn't displaced by James Outman, Miguel Vargas and Gavin Lux as his most common positions, then something very unexpected has occurred.
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