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Michael Taylor: One-Year Trial in Kansas City

Michael Taylor is the second player the Kansas City Royals have signed in the past three days. Taylor was outrighted off the Washington Nationals’ 40-man roster at the end of the 2020 regular season. The Nationals opted to cut Michael Taylor instead of going through arbitration this winter.

Michael Taylor was once regarded as a top outfield prospect, however, he has struggled at the dish throughout his Major League career. Since making his MLB debut in 2014, Taylor is only batting .237 at the plate.

After the Nationals won the 2019 World Series, Michael Taylor lost playing time. In 2020, Taylor appeared in 38 games and had a batting average of .196.

What to Expect From Michael Taylor in Kansas City

Michael Taylor has struggled to find his rhythm at the plate, however, he has been working on his swing over the offseason. The Royals have noticed the flaws in Taylor"s offense, but they just want him to focus on making contact and making sure he does not fall behind in the count.

Taylor can play all three outfield positions, despite this, Kansas City has many outfield options. Whit Merrifield and Hunter Dozier can play in the infield, as well as the outfield. The rest of the outfielders on the 40-man roster are Franchy Cordero, Edward Olivares, Nick Heath, Bubba Starling, and Khalil Lee.

Adding Michael Taylor means that everyone on the Royals will be fighting for playing time. With fan-favorite Alex Gordon retiring, the left-field spot is a toss-up. Michael Taylor has played 430 games in center, 53 in left, and 33 in right. Even though he has primarily been in centerfield, Taylor"s glove has been consistent over his MLB career.

With Michael Taylor only being on a one-year deal, this gives the Royals flexibility. If Taylor has a solid 2021 season, Kansas City could look into trading him, if K.C is out of the playoff race. If Taylor struggles, he could end up like the last outfielder the Royals signed in free agency, Billy Hamilton, who was later designated for assignment back in 2018.

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