Michael A. Taylor’s 11-year tenure with the Nationals officially ended today when the enigmatic outfielder signed a one-year deal with the Royals, hoping a fresh start with a new organization will reinvigorate his career.
Taylor had been on the open market since Oct. 15, after the Nationals attempted to outright him to Triple-A and he declined the assignment and elected free agency. Though the club was allowed to re-sign him, it seemed clear from the outset the two sides were ready to part ways.
It happened today when Taylor agreed to a $1.75 million deal with an additional $1 million in potential incentives with the Royals, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The soon-to-be 30-year-old will hope to get an opportunity in Kansas City he forever was seeking in Washington: a chance to play every day for the long haul.
Though he did start in center field for the Nationals over multiple stretches during his career, Taylor topped 450 plate appearances only once in seven seasons: in 2015. He enjoyed his best season in 2017 when he batted .271 with 19 homers, 53 RBIs and an .806 OPS over 432 plate appearances, but regressed the following year and became a part-time player who even spent large chunks of time in the minor leagues over the last two seasons.
Taylor’s most memorable performances for the Nationals were big ones, because they came in the postseason. His grand slam in Game 4 of the…