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Offline JCA-CrystalCity

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Adding a link to Jesse Dougherty's write up on MAT electing FA

Now that he’s a free agent, leaving the Washington Nationals after 11 years with the organization, Michael A. Taylor becomes a “choose-what-to-remember” kind of player. There’s the grand slam in Game 4 of the National League Division Series in 2017, the way he hit that season, how he seemed to always thrive in the playoffs. Or, for skeptics, there’s the untapped potential, his bat a tick behind, his final days in Washington notable only for with scattered starts and sagging production.

The whole of Taylor was a confounding, high-ceiling outfielder who never found his footing here.
His peak in Washington came in 2017, when he had a strong year in place of the injured Eaton. Taylor hit .271 with a .320 on-base percentage and .486 slugging percentage and 19 homers. In Game 4 of the NLDS, he famously lifted the Nationals with a grand slam through the wind and rain at Wrigley Field. Then he crashed down from that high.