The Oakland Athletics have informed outfielder Michael Taylor that he will not be making the big league roster. That means that they are saying goodbye to him. Due to the fact that he had an amazing Spring, he will not likely make it through waivers.
So why would the Athletics give up a player who through the Spring hit for an average of .348? Because they will be going with Sam Fuld. While Taylor had an outstanding Spring, Fuld has more experience in the big leagues, and the A’s want a guy they know can perform in the Majors and not just in Spring Training. Also, Fuld has an opt out option, so should the Athletics pick Taylor over Fuld, he will more than likely look to play elsewhere.
So why pick Fuld over Taylor to keep? Well he does have that experience in the big leagues, but Taylor could still be used to try and make a trade to at least get something out of the deal. Even if he doesn’t get traded, they are choosing the man they know can play at the big league level instead of the guy that they would be taking a gamble on based on a Spring Training performance.
It is a loss in depth, seeing as how Michael Taylor is improving, but in a time of injuries, the A’s can’t take any risks and must make the safe choice, and Sam Fuld is that safe choice. Let’s just hope that we can get some kind of deal done for Taylor instead of just giving him up.
Perhaps the Athletics can get some good minor league pitchers or prospects in return who knows. Either way it is a shame to see Michael Taylor go, and an even bigger one to see him go for nothing in return.