Red Sox, Josh Taylor avoid arbitration
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Taylor over the past few seasons. He made his MLB debut in 2019 and made 52 appearances with a solid 3.04 ERA. However, he went on the disabled list several times in 2020 and was only able to appear in eight games, posting a 9.82 ERA in those games. He was able to get back on track in 2021 getting into 61 games with a 3.40 ERA, 28.7% strikeout rate, 11% walk rate and 43.4 ground ball rate %.
He hit arbitration for the first time as a Super Two player and agreed to a $1.025 million salary through 2022. Unfortunately, a lower back strain kept him on the disabled list for the entire season. Since the arbitration system is designed so that salaries never effectively drop, Taylor and the club have agreed exactly the same price for the upcoming campaign.
Taylor will look to get healthy and back on the court in 2023 before going through the arbitration process two more times, scheduled to hit free agency after 2025. Despite the modest price, he could be a key member of the club, since he and Joel Rodriguez they are the only lefties that currently appear to be in Boston’s bullpen.
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