Washington Nationals: 3 potential landing spots for Michael A. Taylor

Michael A. Taylor #3 of the Washington Nationals prepares to catch a fly ball during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Michael A. Taylor #3 of the Washington Nationals prepares to catch a fly ball during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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Michael A. Taylor leave the Washington Nationals for free agency.
Michael A. Taylor #3 of the Washington Nationals at bat against the Milwaukee Brewers during the National League Wild Card game at Nationals Park on October 1, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

Kansas City Royals

Where the Houston Astros are looking to capitalize on a closing window of opportunity, the Kansas City Royals are not far from having this window opened. Much like the Astros they could use an affordable upgrade in the outfield.

Franchy Cordero and Jorge Soler are going to be in the lineup, even if Cordero struggles to hit. Nick Heath and Edward Oliveres are the young guys who have had little playing time and can’t be expected to get full-time on the job training if the team is serious about competing.

Michael A. Taylor is a good fit for this team and the direction they are headed. He can be brought in on a low-risk, one year contract, and given the starting job in center field. While there is no guarantee with Taylor given his up-and-down history at the plate, he has the experience and potential to bridge the gap to the younger players if the Royals want to make a run at a Wild Card berth this year.

If they fall out of the race they can give more time to the younger players and keep Taylor as a defensive specialist/fourth outfielder.

One aspect is obvious. The Kansas City Royals have a need, one of which Taylor satisfies. This seems like a great fit for both.

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