Michael Taylor

#2 LF / Kansas City Royals / EXP: 2YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 212 lb Age: 29 College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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      Royals' Michael Taylor: Latches on with Royals

      Michael Taylor signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Kansas City Royals on Monday, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports.The deal also includes $1 million in incentives. Taylor had essentially worn out his welcome in Washington, but he still possesses a mildly interesting combination of power and speed and Kansas City is as good of a landing spot as he could have hoped for. He will be competing with other toolsy reclamation projects like Franchy Cordero and Edward Olivares for playing time, so it's conceivable he could eclipse 400 plate appearances for the first time since 2017. More likely, he will be the Royals' fourth outfielder, getting most of his starts against left-handed pitchers.

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      Michael Taylor: Elects free agency

      Michael Taylor cleared waivers Thursday and elected free agency, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.The Nationals deemed Taylor expendable, and he'll test his luck on the open market rather than remain with the organization in a minor-league capacity. Taylor was a serviceable-enough player during his seven years in Washington but fits best in a bench role, as he's only once finished a season with a wRC+ above 80.

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      Nationals' Michael Taylor: Remains in backup role

      Michael Taylor is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Phillies.Taylor looked as though he might have an opportunity to serve as an everyday outfielder after Adam Eaton (finger) was shut down for the season Sept. 17, but he's only drawn two starts in the Washington Nationals' subsequent six games. Instead, the lefty-hitting Andrew Stevenson has been the primary replacement for Eaton, and he should continue filling the larger portion of a platoon with Taylor during the final week of the regular season.

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      Nationals' Michael Taylor: On bench for afternoon game

      Michael Taylor will sit for the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Marlins.Taylor seemingly lines up as the primary right fielder down the stretch, with Adam Eaton done for the year with a broken finger, though it will be Andrew Stevenson at the position in this game. Taylor hasn't done much of note at the plate this season, though his .694 OPS (the product of a .208/.250/.444 slash line) is actually good for the second-highest mark of his seven-year career.

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      Nationals' Michael Taylor: Drives in three Friday

      Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against Atlanta.After going 0-for-3 in the matinee, Taylor made an impact in the nightcap, driving in two with a third-inning double and then bunting home the eventual winning run in the seventh. Taylor started both games of the twin bill in right field with Juan Soto sidelined, and while an MRI on Soto's elbow came back clean Friday, Taylor could be in line for some consistent short-term playing time while the young slugger heals up.

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      Nationals' Michael Taylor: Smacks fourth homer

      Michael Taylor went 1-for-2 with a solo home run Thursday against the Phillies.Taylor entered the game for Adam Eaton (knee) in the fifth inning. Two innings later, he put the Washington Nationals up 5-4 with a solo home run, his fourth long ball of the campaign. If Eaton is forced from the lineup beyond Thursday's contest, Taylor would likely slot into the starting lineup temporarily.

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      Nationals' Michael Taylor: Swats third homer

      Michael Taylor went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Phillies.Getting the start in center field and hitting ninth with Victor Robles taking a rest, Taylor went back-to-back with Trea Turner to give the Nats a spark of life in an eventual 8-6 defeat. It was Taylor's first long ball back since the last day of July, and on the year he's slashing a woeful .190/.227/.452 through 44 plate appearances with three homers and six RBI.

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      Nationals' Michael Taylor: Playing time on decline

      Michael Taylor will start in center field and bat ninth Sunday against the Orioles, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.Taylor will draw into the lineup in the series finale while Victor Robles rests, but the everyday role the former enjoyed to begin the season no longer exists following Juan Soto's recent return from the COVID-19 injured list. When Soto, Robles and Adam Eaton are all healthy, Taylor likely won't be in line for more than one or two starts per week.

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      Nationals' Michael Taylor: Connects for second homer

      Michael Taylor went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Blue Jays.Taylor deposited a Hyun-Jin Ryu offering into the center-field seats in the fourth inning. It was his second home run of the season, though he has no other hits in 15 plate appearances. With Juan Soto (illness) nearing a return, Taylor will likely find his playing time squeezed shortly.

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      Nationals' Michael Taylor: Not starting Tuesday

      Michael Taylor isn't in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.Taylor had started in the previous three contests for the Washington Nationals as Juan Soto (illness) continues to await clearance to play, but he'll sit out Tuesday's game. He went 1-for-11 with a solo home run, one walk and two strikeouts to begin the year. Emilio Bonifacio will take over in left field, batting ninth.