Taylor, 32, returns to the group that drafted him, because the A’s chosen him again in 2011. He labored his method up the minor league ladder and made his MLB debut with Oakland again in 2018. Since then, he’s additionally suited up for Toronto and Cleveland within the massive leagues. He’s earned a status as a powerful defensive catcher however hasn’t hit a lot on the MLB stage thus far, with a profession batting line of .118/.237/.255, although in a small pattern of simply 25 video games.
This previous offseason, he signed a minor league cope with the Orioles after Adley Rutschman suffered an harm earlier than the season started. Taylor himself handled accidents this yr, nonetheless, and was solely in a position to get into 23 video games for the Norfolk Tides earlier than being launched simply over every week in the past.
For the A’s, Taylor will add an additional layer of veteran depth on the Triple-A stage. The membership has Sean Murphy and Stephen Vogt dealing with the catching duties in Oakland, although Murphy has been the topic of recent trade rumors. If the membership have been to tug the set off on a deal earlier than the August 2 deadline, that may seemingly result in prospect Shea Langeliers getting promoted to the massive leagues and Taylor taking up his spot on the depth chart.