Brian Dozier Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Twins 2B

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Sep 6, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) hits a home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
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Coming off the best season of his career in 2016, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is drawing plenty of trade interest this offseason if the team wants to move him.

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Dodgers, Dozier Talks Stall

Tuesday, Jan. 10

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, discussions between the Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers surrounding Dozier are at a standstill, though he added the "impasse on Dozier does not preclude future talks."

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Jan. 5 the Dodgers are the "heavy favorite" to land Dozier, but the Twins are asking for more than pitching prospect Jose De Leon in return.

On Dec. 16, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted the Dodgers had "shown willingness" to include De Leon in a potential deal for Dozier.

Rosenthal first reported talks between the two teams Dec. 9.

Braves Emerge as Potential Dozier Destination

Friday, Jan. 6

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that the Atlanta Braves could be a "stealth landing spot" for Dozier given the number of young pitching prospects they possess.

Dozier Nearing Exit Door in Minnesota

Wednesday, Jan. 4

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported trade talks involving Dozier are expected to reach a conclusion in the next week.

Cardinals Reportedly Not Pursuing Dozier

Tuesday, Dec. 27

The St. Louis Cardinals are not actively pursuing a deal for Dozier, per Mark Saxon of ESPN.com.

On Dec. 26, Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News reported the Cardinals entered trade talks involving Dozier.

Nationals Enter Race for Dozier Deal

Monday, Dec. 26

Wolfson reported the Washington Nationals have entered talks with the Twins regarding Dozier, while the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants also continue to pursue the second baseman.

Giants Potential Dozier Suitor

Tuesday, Dec. 20

The Giants have expressed interest in Dozier, but the "fit remains imperfect," per Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball.

Multiple Teams Interested in Dozier

Thursday, Nov. 10

According to Morosi, multiple teams showed interest in Dozier during the general manager meetings.

Dozier Coming Off Career Year with Twins

After a solid first half in 2016 with a .786 OPS, Dozier exploded after the All-Star break with a .291/.344/.646 slash line and 28 home runs in 72 games.

Dozier set career highs in average (.268), hits (165), home runs (42), slugging percentage (.546), OPS+ (136) and WAR (6.5) last season, per Baseball-Reference.com.

It's easy to figure out why teams would take an interest in him. In addition to his stellar offensive performance, the 29-year-old is signed through 2018 and will make a total of $15 million over the next two seasons, per Spotrac.

However, that also complicates matters from the Twins' perspective. They are not under any pressure to move Dozier at this point, particularly as they continue to build around their offensive nucleus that also includes Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.

Because Dozier is coming off a career year and has a team-friendly deal, the package of prospects it would take to even entice the Twins to make a move would have to be enormous.

Dozier's offensive impact at an up-the-middle position makes him an attractive commodity. The Twins owe it to themselves to listen to proposals from interested teams, but they understand they don't have to trade arguably their most valuable MLB asset right now.


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