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October 16, 2020 10:00 AM
Michael Taylor: Elects free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 21, 2020 03:32 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Remains in backup role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

September 18, 2020 03:12 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: On bench for afternoon game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 5, 2020 11:12 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Drives in three Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 4, 2020 09:24 AM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Smacks fourth homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

September 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Swats third homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 9, 2020 06:40 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Playing time on decline
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor will start in center field and bat ninth Sunday against the Orioles, Mark Zuckerman of 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.

July 31, 2020 03:16 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Connects for second homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 28, 2020 03:12 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Not starting Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor isn't in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.

Taylor had started in the previous three contests for the 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.

July 26, 2020 12:04 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Goes yard Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

The outfielder took Luis Avilan deep in the eighth inning for his first homer of 2020. Taylor will continue to hold down the fort in left field until Juan Soto clears the league's COVID-19 protocols, but his spot at the bottom of the batting order limits his fantasy potential.

March 24, 2020 01:44 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Returning as fourth OF
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor will handle fourth outfielder duties for the Nationals when the regular season begins.

Adam Eaton was dealing with a hamstring issue during camp, opening up the possibility Taylor might be in the Opening Day starting nine, but the delayed start to the season should give Eaton more than enough time to recover. Taylor barely got onto the field last year with the team's starting outfield mostly healthy all season and even spent time back at Double-A, but he's shown in the past he can contribute when he receives steady playing time, making him a solid insurance policy for Washington.

January 9, 2020 09:08 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Avoids arbitration
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor signed a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Nationals on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of reports.

Taylor will avoid going to an arbitration hearing after settling with Washington. He slashed .250/.305/.364 with one home run, three RBI and six stolen bases over 53 matchups. He figures to slot in as the team's fourth outfielder in 2020.

October 24, 2019 12:52 AM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Knocks second homer of postseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor went 1-for-1 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 12-3 win over Houston in Game 2 of the World Series.

Taylor entered the game for center fielder Victor Robles in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Nationals leading 11-2 and was responsible for Washington's final run of the night with his solo blast in the ninth. It was Taylor's first at-bat of the World Series, but the reserve outfielder has had a nice showing overall in the 2019 postseason, hitting .333 (7-for-21) with a pair of homers.

September 30, 2019 12:24 AM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Swipes two bases in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two stolen bases in the Nationals' 8-2 win over the Indians on Sunday.

Taylor relieved Juan Soto in left field midway through the game and practically had a perfect day as he was flawless at the plate and took advantage on the base path, stealing two bags while Mike Clevinger was on the mound. The 28-year-old caps off the regular season with a .250/.305/.364 slashline and had just one home run and three RBI in 97 plate appearances. He will serve as an option off the bench for the Nationals as they attempt to win their first World Series in franchise history.

September 26, 2019 10:20 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Hits first homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Thursday's victory over the Phillies.

Taylor launched his first home run of the season with a 390-foot shot off Jason Vargas in the second inning. He also doubled in the fourth and singled in the seventh. The 28-year-old outfielder was recalled from Triple-A Harrisburg on Sept. 3. Across 51 games in the majors, Taylor is batting .233/.290/.337.

September 3, 2019 01:44 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Promoted to big leagues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Harrisburg on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Taylor was demoted to Double-A at the end of June after struggling to a .211 average over 43 games in the majors, but he'll get another chance in the big leagues after rosters expanded Sunday. Wilmer Difo was also included in this round of callups.

June 28, 2019 02:56 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Sent to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg on Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Taylor went 3-for-20 while starting only four games in June, so it's no surprise to see him headed to Triple-A. The 28-year-old has a .211/.277/.276 slash line in 85 plate appearances this season. Gerardo Parra will continue to serve as the Nationals' fourth outfielder.

June 28, 2019 11:16 AM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Playing time dwindling
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor has started only four games so far in June, going 3-for-20 with zero extra-base hits, zero walks, an RBI, two runs and two stolen bases.

The addition of Gerardo Parra to the Nats' roster in early May has had the end result of reducing Taylor to the status of fifth outfielder with everyone healthy. Even in deep NL-only formats, the 28-year-old simply isn't seeing enough action, or doing enough with his rare opportunities, to warrant an active roster spot.

May 27, 2019 01:00 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Big day off bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor went 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

Entering the contest in the sixth inning as part of a double switch, Taylor still managed to deliver his first multi-hit performance since May 9. The 28-year-old isn't seeing much playing time with the rest of the Nats' outfield healthy, coming off the bench in each of the last eight games, and his lack of productivity is a big reason why -- Taylor's still looking for his first homer on the year and has only one RBI, two steals and four runs through 28 games to go with his .236/.311/.327 slash line.

May 12, 2019 03:44 PM
Nationals' Michael Taylor: Rejoins lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Taylor will start in center field and bat eighth Sunday against the Dodgers.

Taylor had been on the bench for the previous two games of the series, but he'll re-enter the outfield Sunday with Victor Robles receiving a breather. Prior to the weekend, Taylor had briefly settled into a near-everyday role, but Juan Soto's return from the 10-day injured list Saturday will likely limit Taylor to fourth-outfielder duties for the foreseeable future.

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