Mets should claim OF Michael Taylor

Posted: March 28, 2014 in News, Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven Inman

A former Phillies draft pick, Taylor was traded to Toronto along with Travis d'Arnaud in the Roy Halladay deal

A former Phillies draft pick, Taylor was traded to Toronto along with Travis d’Arnaud in the Roy Halladay deal

The Oakland Athletics have told former top prospect Michael Taylor that he will not make their big league team. Taylor, 28, is out of minor-league options and will be put on waivers. Taylor is hitting .274/.348/.532 in 26 games this spring, with 11 runs, five doubles, one triple, three homers and 10 RBI with 17 strikeouts in 69 at-bats.

He has hit very well at the Triple-A level with Oakland and has been thought of very highly within baseball the past few years. He hit .281/.360/.474 at Triple-A Sacramento last season, his fourth season with the Triple-A River Cats, with 54 runs, 25 doubles, a triple, 18 homers and 85 RBI in 112 games. He struck out 88 times in 481 at-bats. There just simply hasn’t been room in the outfield for Taylor to get anything more than a few cups of coffee with the two-time AL West champs. The New York Mets should make a waiver claim on the “toolsy” Taylor.

Taylor has a great eye at the plate and has always been a high OBP guy in the minors. However he has only gotten 26 games in the big leagues over the past three seasons. Yes he is 28 but there are plenty of outfielders who establish themselves late in their 20’s due to a lack of playing time. Jayson Werth is a guy that comes to mind.

He has a lot of power and the Mets will have an open spot on the roster the first few days of the season with Jon Niese starting the year on the DL. This is certainly a player to keep an eye on as he hits waivers. He may not even reach the Mets even if they claim him with teams like the Astros and Twins in need of outfielders ahead of them on the waiver wire.

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