With the Minnesota Twins likely heading for a rebuild, the team has been shopping star second baseman Brian Dozier this offseason. The Twins, looking to add young pieces, figure to get a nice bundle of prospects for a power-hitting infielder that hit 42 home runs last year.
The Dodgers seem to be the most interested team in Dozier, however, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the discussions between the two teams have hit a skid, as the teams are having trouble agreeing on the potential return package. The top prospect in the deal has been agreed upon, Jose De Leon, but the other potential pieces seem to be the holdup. If Minnesota feels like they are not getting substantial value in return for Dozier, they are prepared to hold onto him into the upcoming season to see if a team is willing to pay peak value.
Dozier, 29, started off last season really slow, but really picked it up after the All-Star break, finishing the season mashing the ball. As a result, his season totals were quite impressive, as he slashed .268/.340/.546 and clubbed a league-leading 42 home runs for a second baseman. He finished second in the American League in home runs behind only Mark Trumbo of Baltimore. In addition to clubbing homers, Dozier drove in a career high 99 runs and stole 18 bases.
In addition to Jose De Leon, the Twins have asked for first baseman Cody Bellinger, but the Dodgers appear not to be willing to part with him. The Dodgers have a stacked system, but they appear more willing to give up pitching prospects rather than their top position prospects. The two sides could eventually agree on the compensation and a deal could be worked out, but with talks currently at an impasse, it may allow other teams to work themselves into the picture.
The San Francisco Giants have checked in on Dozier according to Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports, but the Dodgers and their need at second base appear the most likely to strike a deal for the talented second baseman.