As reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been the “most aggressive” team to acquire second baseman Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins. Though they initially opted to refrain from trading the All-Star middle infielder, the Dodgers' aggressiveness has "piqued" Minnesota's interest.
From the perspective of the Dodgers, the move makes sense, considering their need for a right-handed bat and second baseman. The likely departure of free-agent third baseman Justin Turner fuels this need, as Turner was one of the Dodgers’ premier offensive contributors this year; the Dodgers are also losing Chase Utley to free agency as well, making second base a position of need for Los Angeles as the offseason continues.
The 29-year-old Dozier is coming off a career year, as the Twins’ eight-round pick of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft slashed .268/.340/.546 with 35 doubles, five triples, 42 home runs, and eighteen stolen bases in 155 games during the 2016 season. Dozier provided the Twins with one of their few bright spots in a year that saw them lose 103 games after losing just 79 the year before.
Dozier is under contract through the next two seasons and is set to make a team-friendly total of $18 million over the span.
In addition to Dozier, the Dodgers have been linked to Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers and Logan Forsythe of the Tampa Bay Rays. As the Winter Meetings begin this week, look for the market for each of the players mentioned to heat up.