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Red Sox free agent target: Chris Taylor

Over the last few weeks, Chris Taylor has been a popular name in free agency. The 31-year-old was an All-Star in 2021 and is a free agent for the second time in his career. One team that has already shown interest is the Boston Red Sox.  After falling two wins short of the World Series, Boston has been active in the rumor mill.

In 148 games for the Dodgers in 2021, Taylor drove in a career-high 73 runs. The Virginia native also hit 20 home runs while posting a .254 average. In a lineup full of star power, Taylor came up with timely hits while playing all over the diamond. In his fifth full season with the Dodgers, Taylor also stole 13 bases which was the second-highest total of his career.

Additionally, Taylor took his game to another level in the playoffs. In 37 at-bats, the former fifth-round pick hit .351 with four home runs. The veteran utility player led the Dodgers in home runs and was an invaluable piece. For a Red Sox team with World Series aspirations, Taylor’s postseason success would be a welcomed addition.

Where Taylor fits in Boston

While Taylor played six different positions last year, he would most likely be used at second base in Boston. At that position in 2021, he committed five errors and posted a .964 fielding percentage. According to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio, the Cardinals, Rangers, and Marlins are also interested in Taylor’s services.

Although Taylor is expected to get a multi-year deal, he will cost a draft pick. The University of Virginia product rejected the Dodgers qualifying offer after proving to be an invaluable piece. With his value at an all-time high, a return to LA could be tricky as the Dodgers have 12 key free agents.

Following Taylor’s career year, his next deal is projected in the $ 60 million range. He would bring versatility to the Red Sox roster and playoff experience. His flexibility would also be key as some of the Red Sox top prospects graduate to the majors. Taylor, however, will not come cheap as how his market develops will be a storyline to watch in the coming weeks.

( featured Photo credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP )

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-Jamie Gatlin ( JamieGatlin17 on Twitter )

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