Should the Miami Marlins have acquired Michael A. Taylor?
The Miami Marlins made headlines by announcing that Jazz Chisholm Jr. is moving to CF this upcoming season. I think that Jazz will be fine and maybe even above average in CF. He definitely has the ability to play the position well. That said, perhaps a more proven defensive option at the position would've been better? I wrote about this before, but then Kansas City Royals CF Michael A. Taylor looked like a good option. Taylor has recently been traded by Kansas City to the Minnesota Twins for two low ranked prospects. Why couldn't The Fish get him?
The Miami Marlins may have missed out on an elite CF defender.
A strong argument can be made that the Miami Marlins should've acquired Michael A. Taylor to either be the new CF, or to be a bench player who can back up Jazz Chisholm Jr. in CF. Taylor is not much of an offensive threat, which had been the big problem with acquiring him. Taylor is a career .241/.296/.381 hitter who batted .254/.313/.357 in 124 games and 414 AB in 2022. That offensive production is clearly not very good and was going to be an issue for a team that badly needs offense.
Michael A. Taylor played from 2014 to 2020 with the Washington Nationals. During that time, he batted .237/.291/.395 in 574 games and 1664 AB with 53 home runs and 184 RBI. In 2021-2022 with the Kansas City Royals, he batted .249/.304/.357 with 21 home runs and 97 RBI in 266 games and 897 AB. Taylor was only worth 9.3 WAR for his career and had his best season in 2022, with 3.2. It also was the season with his best dWAR (2.4).
I could see the argument that his usually unimpressive WAR's and batting lines mean that he wouldn't help the Miami Marlins that much. There is also an argument to be made that trading from the farm system is not a good idea at this time. I think that for the right price getting insurance for Jazz is a good idea. Michael A. Taylor could've fit that role very well.