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Chris Taylor to decline Dodgers’ qualifying offer

Jun 19, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor (3) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 19, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor (3) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor will join teammate Corey Seager in rejecting the Los Angeles Dodgers’ $18.4-million qualifying offer and become a free agent, MLB Network reported Monday.

The Dodgers also offered the same deal to Seager, but he reportedly rejected it last week. Veteran left-hander Clayton Kershaw became a free agent when the Dodgers did not extend him a qualifying offer.

Taylor, 31, batted .254 with 20 home runs and 73 RBIs for the Dodgers this past season and was named an All-Star for the first time.

Acquired in 2016 from the Seattle Mariners in an unheralded trade, Taylor became a key piece for the championship-caliber Dodgers, batting .264 in 657 games over six seasons with 79 home runs and 299 RBIs while proving to be serviceable in the infield and outfield.

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The Dodgers will receive a compensatory draft pick next year if Taylor or Seager sign deals with different teams.

–Field Level Media