MLB News: Royals open to offers for SM champion Gold Glove outfielder and also for a versatile baseball player

The The Kansas City Royals are open to the possibility of trading veteran center fielder Michael A. Taylor. They have also made available infielder/corner outfielder, Hunter Dozier, though Taylor is the hotter of that duo. Taylor, who turns 32 shortly before Opening Day, is coming off one of the best seasons of his career.

He hit .254/.313/.357 with nine home runs in 456 plate appearances in 2022. That offensive production is below average, but it was his best work at the plate since his 19-homer performance with the Washington Nationals in 2017. The right-handed hitter has a .241/.296/.381 line in just under 2,800 plate appearances in parts of nine seasons:

Strikeouts have been a constant concern for much of that time., as he routinely fanned more than 30% of his trips to the plate during his time in Washington. However, Taylor has trimmed that swing down a bit in recent years, including a career-low 23.9% strikeout percentage last season.

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That’s still a few points higher than average, but hardly disastrous, and his .313 on-base percentage was also his best since that 2017 season. Of course, Taylor’s biggest draw lies in his defensive acumen. He’s an excellent center fielder, one who routinely posts elite marks for his gold glove.

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I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover big events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), important players’ signatures. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as an amateur. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but baseball is in my veins. Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS). , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it took almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to radio, providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB News: Royals open to offers for SM champion Gold Glove outfielder and also for a versatile baseball player