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Brian Dozier | Second Baseman | #2

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 198
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Southern Miss
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 8 (0) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said the team "can't rule out anything" in regards to trades.
The Brian Dozier trade rumors have quieted considerably over the last few weeks but it could be something the Twins revisit if the right offer comes along. Falvey added that "as it stands, Brian is here today and we’re excited to have him as part of the Twins family." The Dodgers were linked to Dozier earlier this offseason but they've since filled their second-base need by acquiring Logan Forsythe from the Rays. Jan 28 - 7:18 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins and Dodgers are at an "impasse" in talks on a Brian Dozier trade.

The two sides have been linked for weeks now, but Rosenthal writes that there's "no momentum" toward a deal. Pitching prospect Jose De Leon has been mentioned as a centerpiece all along, but they apparently haven't made progress on the other pieces. This doesn't mean that a deal won't still happen, but the Twins were hoping to have some resolution on the matter soon. They could always keep him around for the start of the season, though there's a strong argument to deal him after a career year.
Jan 10 - 2:31 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that the Braves trading for Brian Dozier would be a "long shot."

Berardino reported earlier Friday that the Braves were a "stealth" player for Dozier, but after looking into the situation further it appears it's probably not a fit. The Dodgers have been and remain Dozier's most likely landing spot.
Jan 6 - 10:56 AM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press hears that the Braves shouldn't be ruled out as a "stealth landing spot" for Brian Dozier.

The Braves have been connected to Dozier before, although they seemed to be on the periphery with all the other non-Dodgers pursuers of the second baseman. The Dodgers are almost surely still the big favorites to land Dozier, but the Braves certainly have the prospects to get something done if that's the route they want to take. The Twins want to resolve the situation with Dozier soon, so things should come to a head before long.
Jan 6 - 9:15 AM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Dodgers remain "the heavy favorite" to land second baseman Brian Dozier from the Twins.

Los Angeles is known to be offering top pitching prospect Jose De Leon to Minnesota, but Nightengale hears that the Twins "continue to insist they need more." With the second week of January approaching, there is expected to be a resolution one way or the other in a matter of days. Dozier is under contract for two more years at highly affordable rates ($6M in 2017, $9M in 2018) and he slugged 42 home runs in 2016 alongside a cool .886 OPS. If this is only about adding one more mid-level prospect to the package, the Dodgers should really bite the bullet and do it.
Jan 5 - 12:59 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Brian Dozier trade talks are expected to be resolved in the next week.

This comes a few days after La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the Twins have asked teams interested in Dozier "to step up with their best offer in the coming days." Morosi confirms that the Dodgers are still one of the teams in talks with the Twins. They are reportedly willing to include prospect Jose DeLeon in a deal, but they haven't been able to find middle ground on the other pieces. It's unclear who else is involved in talks, but the Twins want a resolution with spring training rapidly approaching. Dozier is still under contract for two more years at an affordable rate, so the Twins could always take a chance and hold off on a deal until later.
Jan 4 - 10:56 AM

La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins have asked teams interested in Brian Dozier "to step up with their best offer in the coming days."

Several teams have talked to the Twins about Dozier, and there have been "steady discussions throughout the offseason," according to Neal. While there's still a decent amount of time left before spring training, the Twins would apparently like to gain clarity on the situation with Dozier soon. The Dodgers have been and remain the best fit for Dozier, and they're willing to include top pitching prospect Jose De Leon in a trade for him. However, the Twins want more than that and appear ready to hold on to Dozier until at least July if their demands aren't met. The Cardinals, Nationals, Giants and Braves have been connected to Dozier, as well, although it appears debatable as to how deep their interest has been.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:10:00 AM

Mark Saxon of hears that the Cardinals are not actively pursuing Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.

This comes after Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN in Minnesota reported on Monday that the Twins are "very much in" on Dozier. The Cardinals could use another impact bat, but they are a bit of an imperfect fit with Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko already on the roster. The Nationals have also been downplayed as a suitor, so perhaps the Twins are floating things to see if the offers improve. We know the Dodgers have been mentioned prominently in recent weeks.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 12:58:00 PM

According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the Nationals "haven't made any serious inquiries" on Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.

This was after Darren Wolfson of KSTP in Minnesota reported on Monday that the Nationals were in dialogue with the Twins. It's tough to see a fit, as the Nationals would likely move Daniel Murphy to first base and make Ryan Zimmerman a very expensive bench player. The Nationals also just gave up some of their best prospects for Adam Eaton. The Dodgers have been linked to Dozier all along, but the Cardinals and Giants are also reportedly involved.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 09:40:00 AM

According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP in Minnesota, the Cardinals are "very much in" on Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.

Wolfson also says the Dodgers remain in the running, and that the Nationals and Giants have had "dialogue." St. Louis seems like an odd fit with Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko on the roster, but maybe there would be some followup deals. Or maybe Wong would be included in the return package to Minnesota. Dozier is coming off a career year that saw him smash 42 homers alongside an .886 OPS (136 OPS+) in 155 games for the rebuilding Twins.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 03:57:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Dodgers and Twins continue to discuss a potential deal that would send second baseman Brian Dozier to Los Angeles.

No deal is imminent but talks are still ongoing. The return package going to the Twins would include top pitching prospect Jose De Leon, but the two clubs cannot agree on another prospect or two that would head Minnesota's way. The Twins want first baseman Cody Bellinger but the Dodgers won't give him up. Dozier is in position to command a large haul of young talent after slugging 42 homers for the Twins in 2016. The Dodgers have an abundant crop of prospects and a clear need at second base. This potential deal makes a lot of sense for both sides.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 06:35:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Giants still like Twins second baseman Brian Dozier and are showing some interest in a trade.

Heyman wrote the same thing over the weekend, though the situation hasn't really changed. Dozier is a bit of an awkward fit, as the Giants already have Joe Panik at second base. There's also the question of whether the Giants have the type of prospects the Twins would be looking for. Heyman writes that the Dodgers have been "most persistent" on Dozier. They are reportedly willing to part with Jose De Leon to get a deal done, though the Twins are still holding out for more pieces.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 03:41:00 PM

According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities, a Twins official "with fingerprints all over" Brian Dozier trade talks said "nothing is imminent."

Wolfson added that it will take a "very strong offer" for the Twins to move him. The Twins have said this before but that hasn't stopped the trade rumblings. The Twins shouldn't be in a rush to move Dozier since he still has two years left on his contract, though his trade value might never be higher than it is right now coming off a 42-homer campaign in 2016. The Dodgers, Giants and Yankees are a few of the many teams that have shown interest in Dozier should the Twins make him available.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 05:30:00 PM

Jon Heyman FanRag Sports reports that the Giants have some interest in acquiring Brian Dozier from the Twins.

The issue is that they also have Joe Panik, and as Heyman notes he's seen as "not a likely fit" for them. The Dodgers continue to be viewed as the favorites to acquire the hard-hitting second baseman.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 08:44:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that multiple teams are "sniffing around" on Brian Dozier.

The Dodgers have been heavily connected to Dozier and Heyman notes that they "remain the most logical" fit for the second baseman. However, it appears that there are a handful of teams that have at least checked in with the Twins. The asking price for Dozier will obviously be high, as he's coming off a 42-homer season and is owed just $15 million over the next two years.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 02:05:00 PM

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