SAN FRANCISCO – Outfielder Michael Taylor is uncertain of his baseball future, but he knows it won’t be with the Oakland A’s.
Taylor said Thursday that the team has told him he won’t be a part of the major league club come Opening Night. Because he’s out of minor league options, Taylor would have to pass through waivers before the A’s could send him to the minors. He’s impressed enough this spring that some team would surely claim him on waivers, which means the likeliest scenario is for Oakland to try to work out a trade.
Once one of the A’s most highly touted prospects, Taylor said he’s prepared for anything, but he’s assuming teams won’t be rushing to deal for him until the A’s designate him for assignment and he’s placed on waivers. Major league teams have to make final roster cuts by Sunday.
“I’m anxious to find out what the next step is going to be,” Taylor said before the A’s Bay Bridge Series opener against the Giants. “I’m just waiting to see if I’m gonna get an opporutntiy at the big league level” with another team.
Taylor, 28, was considered a can’t-miss prospect when the A’s acquired him from Toronto in December 2009 for first baseman Brett Wallace. He’s appeared in just 26 major league games over parts of three seasons, hitting .135 with one homer and one RBI. Things haven’t worked out how he hoped they would with Oakland, but Taylor has come to grips with his A’s tenure.
He’s looked better this spring than he has at any point in his A’s career, so there’s a chance he still makes his mark in the majors. He said he’ll take positive memories away from his tim with Oakland.
“It’s not obviously how I wanted (things to work out),” he said. “It’s not always what you want, it’s what you need. …There are 10 to 12 guys here that I’ll keep in touch with the rest of my life.”