Chris Taylor, a former top prospect, was traded to the Dodgers at midseason after failing to carve out a major league role with the Mariners. In L.A., he saw some time backing up Corey Seager at shortstop while also filling in at second and third base. His time with the big league squad was limited though, so most of his production came during his time with Triple-A Oklahoma City where he hit an excellent .368/.438/.544. He still has value as a pre-arbitration player capable of fielding shortstop well, but that isn't exactly a profile with much fantasy appeal. Unfortunately for Taylor, the Dodgers also have Charlie Culberson in the organization, another right-handed hitter that can work as a utility infielder, so the two will likely have to duke it out in spring training for a roster spot.
Taylor is one of several options being considered for a backup utility infielder position heading into the regular season, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports. General manager Farhad Zaidi said that the club wants to carry an extra backup infielder who has experience at short. Taylor fits the bill and will compete with Enrique Hernandez and Charlie Culberson this spring. He has a career slash line of .234/.289/.309 in 318 career plate appearances, so he will have to really stand out to earn a roster spot.
Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, MLB.com's Jack Baer reports. He will undoubtedly struggle to see playing time over the final 10 days of the regular season, but since he is on the 40-man roster and the minor league season is over, it made sense to bring him up. Taylor hit .322/.397/.474 with three home runs and 17 steals in 78 games between the Mariners and Dodgers Triple-A affiliates this season.
Taylor was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. With Andrew Toles returning to the Dodgers, the club opted to send Taylor back to Oklahoma City. Taylor has put up an impressive .320/.392/.471 line at the Triple-A level this season, but is hitting just .224/.274/.379 in the majors.
Taylor was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Sunday's game against the Red Sox. Taylor hit just .235/.291/.412 over 26 games for the Dodgers this season, and the team has decided to replace him with utility player Rob Segedin.
Taylor has started two of the team's last three games at second base, going 5-for-9 with a double, home run, and six RBI. With Chase Utley in a 1-for-14 skid since his six-hit game, Taylor got the nod against a pair of Arizona lefties with Howie Kendrick seeing time in left field. He looks like a sneaky DFS play against southpaws, but little more at this point.