Last night Ken Rosenthal reported the Twins have reservations on Dodgers prospect Jose De Leon. L.A. has insisted on a deal highlighted by De Leon with contradicting reports of their willingness to include more. Whatever that “more” may be, Minnesota isn’t buying it.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted unless the Dodgers make a power play, Dozier is staying in the Twin Cities.

Rosenthal echoed the report.

Minnesota is being affected by a lack of suitors, if reports are to be taken seriously. The Dodgers are the lone team with the incentive and top prospect to make a trade, but the Twins are still in a position to demand their ideal return. Dozier is under contract for two more seasons for $15 million total. He’s the team’s best bat, a solid clubhouse presence for a young roster and a fan favorite. They aren’t under pressure to move him, though that doesn’t give them leverage.

The Dodgers are also interested in Logan Forsythe and Ian Kinsler as external second base solutions. Though they may become less likely themselves as we approach spring training, giving the Tigers and Rays chances to assess their rosters before moving either player. The Dodgers could also re-sign Chase Utley or bring in another stop-gap to play with Kike Hernandez until prospect Willie Calhoun is ready.

Without either side having leverage, desperation or a reason to budge, talks will remain in purgatory until they die off completely. That is, unless L.A. blinks.

The art of the deal: sports edition

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Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Burns' work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Burns enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning.

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