Taylor agreed to a one-year contract with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Taylor took a step back last season after his breakout 2017 campaign, but he was still a $10 player in 12-team mixed leagues. He has shortstop eligibility to pair with outfield eligibility, helping his appeal. Add second base if your league requires only 10 appearances at a position to qualify.
Taylor will bat leadoff and start in left field for Game 1 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Friday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Taylor will join the starting lineup with left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Brewers. During the club's four-game set against Atlanta, Taylor went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, with all three at-bats coming in Game 3.
Taylor started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's 14-0 rout over the Padres. Taylor has lived up to his super-utility role, starting four of the Dodgers' last five games while manning three different defensive positions. The 27-year-old's uptick in playing time was due in large part to the slew of left-handed starters the club faced this week. Taylor should be in line for at least a few more starts next week with southpaws scheduled for three of the final six games of the regular season, starting with Arizona's Robbie Ray on Monday.
Taylor went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's win over the Rockies. Taylor played the hero Tuesday, depositing Adam Ottavino's 2-2 offering over the seats in left field for a walkoff win in the bottom of the 10th inning. He's been on a roll since the start of September, hitting .379/.471/.793 in 29 at-bats this month. Taylor still has an outside chance of reaching 20 homers for a second consecutive season.
Taylor went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a walk and two runs scored in Monday's 10-6 loss to Cincinnati. Taylor launched a two-run blast over the fence in right during the fourth inning to cut the deficit to two, but the Reds would pull away in the sixth. The 28-year-old has struggled to see regular playing time down the stretch of the regular season, mainly because he's struggled at the dish over the past month. He finished August with a .185/.272/.321 batting line through 24 ballgames.