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Chris Taylor signs two-year extension with Dodgers

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He avoids arbitration

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The Dodgers agreed to a contract extension today with a player who plays in the outfield. No, it wasn’t Mookie Betts, as we still are awaiting the results of that trade.

On Friday afternoon, the Dodgers announced they had signed utility-man Chris Taylor to a two-year extension, avoiding arbitration with him.

Taylor was seeking $5.8 million in arbitration, but now has himself a very comfortable two-year deal. According to Mark Feinsand, he will get $13.4 million over the next two seasons. Taylor will get $5.6 million in 2020 and $7.8 million in 2021.

Initially, the Dodgers’ offer to him was for $5.525 million.

This will be Taylor’s fifth season in Los Angeles. During his first four seasons with the club, he’s hit .266/.337/.463/.800. He’s hit 54 home runs, driven in 204, and scored 255 runs. Additionally, he has 100 doubles and 19 triples.

What makes him so valuable is his versatility. During his time with the Dodgers, Taylor has played all three outfield spots, as well as third base, second base and shortstop.

With Max Muncy agreeing to a contract yesterday, and Joc Pederson’s arbitration hearing (he lost) being completed today, Pedro Baez has the only case remaining.