The Cincinnati Reds fanbase has been clamoring since the offseason began for the front office to nab a right-handed hitting outfielder. It appears as though Reds Country may soon get its wish.
Taylor is probably more well known for his glove than his bat after taking home a Gold Glove Award while suiting up for the Kansas City Royals in 2021. However, the 32-year-old smacked 21 round trippers with the Minnesota Twins last season and had plenty of success against left-handed pitching.
Reds among teams interested in Michael A. Taylor
Michael A. Taylor would be a fantastic addition to the Cincinnati Reds roster. The veteran outfielder has plenty of speed, stole 13 bases last season, and would fit right in with the style of play that David Bell's group exhibited in 2023.
Taylor also represents that right-handed hitting platoon option that Cincinnati has been looking for. With Jake Fraley and Will Benson earning increased playing time after their success last season, the Reds don't need to add an everyday outfielder, but rather a skilled defender who can hit left-handers.
Taylor checks that box. Last season with the Twins, Taylor slashed .252/.313/.602 against southpaws. The Cincinnati Reds could plug Taylor into the same role Nick Senzel had a year ago and improve their outfield defense.
Jon Mororsi mentioned the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays as possible landing spots for Taylor as well. But Cincinnati could have the upperhand while both AL East are out searching for big-name stars at the moment.
These latest Reds rumors come after the club has already inked Nick Martinez and Emilio Pagán to free agent contracts. Will Michael A. Taylor be next?