The Dodgers have been the “most aggressive” team trying to acquire second baseman Brian Dozier from the Twins, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Though Minnesota originally appeared unlikely to deal Dozier, Los Angeles’ aggressiveness has “piqued” the Twins’ interest in a deal.
Dozier has drawn interest from multiple clubs, including the Phillies and Angels, per reports. The 29-year old had a fantastic 2016 season, hitting .268/.340/.546 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI in 155 games.
Dozier is under team control through the 2018 season and is owed just $18 million in that span, making him an incredibly valuable asset for Minnesota. The Dodgers are trying hard to add a second baseman as an improvement over free agent Chase Utley, and have been linked to Logan Forsythe (Rays) and Ian Kinsler (Tigers) on the trade market as well.
Talks for Dozier (and every other available player) will likely intensify during this week’s Winter Meetings in Washington, D.C.