Astros: 3 Free Agent Center Fielders Worth a Look

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Houston Astros, Chris Taylor
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Chris Taylor’s versatility would greatly bolster the Astros’ lineup.

Chris Taylor is a Swiss Army Knife. The 31-year-old made his first ever All-Star Game this season backed behind a .254/.344/.438 clip that was on a decline for the second half of the season.

Taylor has a postseason resume behind him that shows great promise for a contending team. Even this season, the right-hander had a three-homer game along with a walk-off home run in the Wild Card Game.

But, this is not where Taylor has the most value. Taylor, who is likely to decline his qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers, plays center field, shortstop and second base. This season alone he had 61 games in center, 46 at second base, 23 at shortstop and even games at third base (11).

Taylor can play a multitude of positions and provide average to above average defense at most of them. If the Astros are looking for an everyday starter that can also move positions to provide off days, Taylor is one of the best options.

Taylor has spent his last six season in Los Angeles, while he does have a connection to the ’17 World Series. But when the money is available, the Astros should reach out to the versatile right-hander, as he could pick up a multitude of roles.

The contract could be hefty over a few seasons, but it would be the total amount that a player like Taylor is looking for in the end.