- It appears Brian Dozier will be remaining in Minnesota for the time being. After weeks of trade dialogue with the Los Angeles Dodgers surrounding the Minnesota Twins second baseman, talks have reached an impasse with little to no momentum towards a deal per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Dodgers have been hot after a right-handed hitting power bat in the offseason and have seen second base as the perfect position to fit that bat into their lineup. They targeted Dozier and talks had reached a point where both sides had agreed to the inclusion of pitching prospect Jose De Leon but things reportedly broke down from there. The Twins wanted more than just De Leon while the Dodgers held their ground. The Twins had reportedly set a deadline to make a decision as to whether to trade their power-hitting second baseman out of respect to Dozier and it appears that they will be keeping Dozier on the team for the 2017 season. The Dodgers will now go to Plan B where they will target veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers and Logan Forsythe of the Tampa Bay Rays. Kinsler has a full no-trade clause and has reportedly said that he will okay a trade to Los Angeles only if the Dodgers agree to extend his current contract.
Other News and Notes:
- There has been no movement in regards to a reunion between the Baltimore Orioles and Mark Trumbo per Rich Kubatko of MASN Sports. It appeared at one point the two sides were close on a deal earlier in the offseason but it appears less and less likely that the slugger will be returning to the Orioles for the 2017 season.