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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
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Brian Dozier garnered two hits and a walk in five plate appearances and scored a run during Saturday's loss to the Tigers.
He singled in the first inning and was then caught trying to steal a base for the first time in six attempts this season. He walked and scored on a Jorge Polanco double in the second inning. In the ninth inning he represented the tying run after singling to center field, but was left stranded when the game came to an end. Dozier is off to a mediocre start, batting .242/.306/.364 with two homers, nine runs scored and three RBI. Apr 22 - 6:25 PM

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Brian Dozier (knee) went 1-for-5 with an inside-the-park solo home run in Sunday's 10-inning loss to the White Sox.

Dozier's inside-the-park sprint came after he smashed an absolute rocket of a liner to center field leading off the fifth inning against James Shields. Jacob Maye -- who got just a touch of a late break on the ball -- left his feat on a full-body leap in an attempt to play hero. He missed, which allowed Dozier to cruise around before the second baseman came home safe on a head-first slide. The Twins held Dozier out of the lineup on Saturday due to minor soreness in his left knee, but he showed no ill-effects on Sunday. Through his first 45 at-bats, he is hitting .267/.340/.444 with two homers, three RBI and five steals.
Apr 16 - 7:43 PM

Brian Dozier is in the Twins' starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the White Sox.

Dozier sat out Saturday with some mild soreness in his right knee. An MRI came back clean. The second baseman has one home run and five stolen bases through 10 regular-season games.
Apr 16 - 1:28 PM

Twins general manager Derek Falvey said Saturday that the MRI on Brian Dozier's right knee came back clean.

Dozier has been diagnosed with a right knee contusion and is expected to be available off the bench on Saturday. There was some initial panic that the injury could be something more serious, but fantasy owners can now rest easy.
Apr 15 - 12:11 PM

Brian Dozier's absence from the Twins' starting lineup on Saturday is due to soreness in his right knee.

The early diagnosis is an inflamed bursa, but Dozier is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam to find out exactly what's going on. Manager Paul Molitor is hopeful that the injury isn't serious and even said Dozier could be available off the bench on Saturday. He may have aggravated his knee while making several diving stops defensively during Friday's game. Dozier reported "heaviness" in his knee while running to first base in his final at-bat on Friday. Expect an update from the Twins after that exam.
Apr 15 - 12:04 PM

Brian Dozier is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday's matchup against the White Sox.

It' the first day off that the veteran second baseman has received this season. Dozier must be tired after swiping a league-leading five bases through the first 10 games of the season. He's off to a nice start overall, hitting .275/.356/.400 with a homer and two RBI. Eduardo Escobar will start in his place and bat sixth against Jose Quintana and the White Sox.
Apr 15 - 11:51 AM

Brian Dozier went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base Friday versus the White Sox.

Fantasy owners probably want to see more power soon, as Dozier has one home run through his first 10 games, but at least he’s getting it done on the speed front. He’s already up to five steals on the year, which ties him for the major league lead. The 29-year-old is batting .275/.356/.400 overall.
Apr 15 - 12:55 AM

Brian Dozier crushed his first home run of the season Wednesday in the Twins' loss to the Tigers.

It was a solo shot in the top of the first inning off Tigers starter Michael Fulmer, the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year. Dozier finished the day 1-for-4.
Apr 12 - 4:13 PM

Brian Dozier went 3-for-3 with a run scored in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.

One of the hits was a double. Dozier hasn't played much yet this spring but seems to be rounding into form. He hit his first home yesterday and notched three hits today. The 29-year-old has improved his home run and RBI output every season of his career. That will be hard to do again this year as he will have to beat the 42 home runs he hit in 2016 to keep his streak going. In addition to the homers he batted .268 with 104 runs scored, 99 RBI and 18 stolen bases last year.
Mar 18 - 6:46 PM

Brian Dozier's first homer of the spring was a three-run shot Friday off the Rays' Diego Moreno.

Dozier barely played the first two weeks of spring training, and he's just 2-for-17 now. The homer today was his first hit since Feb. 26. The Twins have yet to decide where Dozier will hit at the beginning of the season. He led off last year and prefers that spot, but the team is debating going with Byron Buxton there and batting Dozier third or maybe second.
Mar 17 - 3:53 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Chris Gimenez
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3Ehire Adrianza
3B1Miguel Sano
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
2Danny Santana
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Robbie Grossman
2Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Phil Hughes
3Hector Santiago
4Kyle Gibson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Glen Perkins
4Michael Tonkin
5Tyler Duffey
6Taylor Rogers
7Craig Breslow
8Ryan O'Rourke
9Matt Belisle
10Justin Haley
11Nick Tepesch
12Trevor May