The Oakland Athletics have reportedly told outfielder Michael Taylor that there’s no room for him on the roster and because the 28-year-old former Stanford Cardinal is out of minor-league options, he will have to be placed on waivers, according to MLB.com.
Taylor went into Thursday night’s Bay Bridge Series opener against the Giants hitting .274/.348/.532 in 26 games this spring, with 11 runs, five doubles, one triple, three homers and 10 RBI with 17 strikeouts in 69 at-bats.
It appears the A’s are set to enter the season with outfielders Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Sam Fuld, with Craig Gentry set to rejoin the team when he’s eligible to return from the disabled list on April 5.
It’s not as if this was a shock; Taylor was going to have to do a lot this spring to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. The most well-known secret of spring training was that Taylor was likely auditioning for a job with another organization.
“I knew that kind of coming into camp and I knew I was going to get a chance to play and showcase myself,” Taylor said of his impending trip to the waiver wire. “I feel like I was able to do that. It really couldn’t have gone much better, as far as getting an opportunity to play and then having some success and playing well and hopefully showing 29 other teams that I have the ability to play at a high level. Now I’m just waiting to see what the verdict is, I guess.”
Taylor hasn’t fared well at the plate in three cups of coffee with the A’s, including going 1-for-23 in nine games last April and May. He is a .135/.210/.189 lifetime hitter in 26 big-league games, with six runs, a double, a homer and an RBI to go with 26 strikeouts in 74 at-bats.
He did hit .281/.360/.474 at Triple-A Sacramento last season, his fourth season with the River Cats, with 54 runs, 25 doubles, a triple, 18 homers and 85 RBI in 112 games. He struck out 88 times in 481 at-bats.
Taylor was a fifth-round pick of the Phillies out of Stanford in 2007 and was traded twice on the same day in December 2009, first to the Blue Jays with Travis d’Arnaud and Kyle Drabek for former Cy Young winner Roy Halladay and then to the A’s for one-time prospect Brett Wallace.