The Dodgers have reportedly locked up a key player from their winning teams of recent seasons.
The team was said to be in agreement on a new contract with free-agent utility man Chris Taylor, pending a physical, according to multiple reports, including Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Terms of the deal were not immediately reported.
Taylor was a first-time All-Star in 2021, hitting .254/.344/.438 with 20 home runs and 13 steals, all while playing all over the diamond as needed, which has been a customary role for him in Los Angeles.
The 30-year-old primarily played center field and second base last season, but also spent time at shortstop, third base, and in the corner-outfield spots.
Taylor was reported to have drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Nationals, and Phillies before returning to the Dodgers, who acquired him from the Mariners in a midseason swap in 2016.
The reported signing comes just hours before the league's owners were set to begin a lockout amid long-simmering disagreements over the terms of the expiring collective bargaining agreement.
With the agreement on a new contract, Taylor joins a sizable list of notable players who appear to have prioritized signing before the uncertainty of the lockout.
The former Virginia Cavaliers standout was named MVP of the 2017 NLCS, where he hit .316/.458/.789 in five games, and he also won the World Series as a starter with the Dodgers in 2020.