A saga that has continued for a solid two months may soon come to a close. According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the trade talks involving Minnesota Twins' second baseman Brian Dozier should come to a close, one way or another, within the next week.
Dozier, 29, is coming off of what was a career year for the University of Southern Mississippi product in 2016, including career highs in batting average (.268), slugging percentage (.546), home runs (42), and runs batted in (99). His offensive output has boosted his stock tremendously, as he was already known as an above-average defender. After starting the season poorly, hitting a measly .202/.294/.329 with five homers, he went on a tear from June to August, hitting an astounding .305/.370/.655 with 27 homers.
Also according to Morosi, the Los Angeles Dodgers remain one of the teams in talks for the five-year veteran. Other teams that have been named as suitors include the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals.
The Dodgers have long been considered the front-runners in the talks, often being the team most actively engaging in Dialogue with the Twins. For San Francisco, Dozier would take the place of struggling third-year player Joe Panik, who sputtered his way to hitting .239/.315/.379 in 2016 after a promising start to his career. While Panik is an excellent defender, an offensive upgrade would certainly benefit the Giants. For Washington, a trade would be difficult, since they already have All-Star second baseman and NL MVP runner-up Daniel Murphy on the roster and they traded a good bulk of their top prospects in the deal to acquire outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox.
Only time will tell where Dozier ends up — Minnesota may even hold onto him and trade him at the 2017 deadline — but it's clear that talks are still active and a decision on his future is imminent.null