Brian Dozier Trade Rumors: Brewers Expected to Target Twins Star

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2018

Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier bats against the Baltimore Orioles in a baseball game Friday, July 6, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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After missing out on Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado, the Milwaukee Brewers will go after Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Rosenthal reported Wednesday that Machado was headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for five prospects.

Although the Brewers were one of many teams to miss out in the sweepstakes for the shortstop, they're apparently not done targeting talented infielders.

Dozier has had an up-and-down 2018 season, hitting .230 with a .314 on-base percentage, although he does have 16 home runs and 48 RBI.

His power as a middle infielder is what helps separate him from the pack, tallying 76 home runs combined in 2016 and 2017. He led all second baseman in the category in each of the past two years, earning MVP votes each season.

The veteran also took home his first Gold Glove award last season.

Adding Dozier—who like Machado is a free agent this winter—could help upgrade a Milwaukee lineup that has been inconsistent at times this season.

With second baseman Jonathan Villar also on the disabled list, he could immediately step into the lineup and potentially help the Brewers reach the postseason for the first time since 2011.