Nationals win arbitration case against Michael A. Taylor

Chris Lingebach
February 01, 2019 - 6:55 pm
Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor could miss time with an injury.

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The Washington Nationals have won their arbitration case against outfielder Michael A. Taylor.

According to the Associated Press, Taylor will now receive the team's offer of $3.25 million, rather than his request of $3.5 million, a decision issued by arbitrators Mark Burstein, James Darby and Matt Goldberg on Friday. Taylor had requested the pay raise after making $2.5 million last season.

Taylor hit .227 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 2018, a drop-off from his .271 average, 19 homers and 53 RBIs a season before. Taylor played in 16 more games in 2018, but saw 47 fewer plate appearances. 

Jerry Blevins was the last player to challenge the Nationals in arbitration. He ended up winning his 2015 case – earning $2.4 million, an additional $200K above the club's $2.2 million offer – but was traded to the Mets a little more than a month later for Matt den Dekker.

Players with three or more years of big-league service time, but less than six years, become eligible for salary arbitration if they do not already have a contract for the next season. Those who choose to go through with arbitration go before a panel of arbiters, who hear from both sides before deciding between the player's and the team's number.

Right-handed reliever Kyle Barraclough – acquired by Washington via trade in October – is also set to go before an arbitrator. Barraclough is seeking $2 million in his first year with the new club, while the Nationals have offered $1.725 million.

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