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Minnesota Twins Rumors: St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals Join San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers In Brian Dozier Sweepstakes

With Chris Sale off the market, the race is now on for the prized Twins' second baseman.

To this point, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been Dozier's top rumored suitor, though talks have reportedly stalled despite the team's agreement on Jose De Leon being the centerpiece of the package. The San Francisco Giants recently emerging as a candidate as well. Monday, Darren Wolfson of KSTP reported that the Cardinals had joined in on the hunt, bringing the total amount of known teams interested to four — the Nationals have also reportedly been interested in acquiring his services. 

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The 29-year-old Dozier hit 42 home runs in 2016, the most ever from an American League second baseman and one short of Davey Johnson, who hit 43 from second base in 1973, all-time record at the position.  

In addition to his abilities on the field, Dozier is under the control of a team-friendly contract. He will be owed $6 million for next season, and $9 million in 2018, understandably making him a much hotter commodity on the open market. 

Of these four, Washington appears, at least on the surface, as the least-likely destination for Dozier — Daniel Murphy has planted his seed at second base, and there exists no position to move Murphy to if the Nationals were looking to make room. St. Louis, however, have a healthy stable of Major-League ready players, including Kolten Wong, available to trade to Minnesota as part of a deal for Dozier. 

Now entering his age-30 season, few would argue against the statement that Dozier's trade value is higher now than it will ever be.

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