As fun as it has been discussing Brian Dozier ad nauseam, the thrilling conclusion may finally be upon us.
The Minnesota Twins have asked interested teams to submit their final offers for the second baseman, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Twins reportedly want to be prepared to carry Dozier into spring training or implement his replacement. Dozier is scheduled to appear at the Twins FanFest in late January.
The Star Tribune reports the Dodgers insist on a one-for-one trade of Dozier for prospect Jose De Leon. Minnesota has countered by asking for an additional upper-tier prospect. The Dodgers “haven’t blinked” and refuse to cave into the Twins’ request. It also helps L.A. has two alternatives – Detroit’s Ian Kinsler and Tampa Bay’s Logan Forsythe – to turn to if talks go sour.
As Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported, Los Angeles is reluctant to move some of its premier young talents.
Other Dozier suitors aren’t clear. St. Louis was mentioned, but that seemed to be more of a Twins negotiating tactic than genuine interest. Atlanta and Washington have been in trade whispers, but local media for both teams has denied active negotiations. San Francisco was reportedly interested, but needs to be “creative” to put together a worthwhile offer.
Seems #STLCards link to Brian Dozier was part of Minn's effort to extract max value from Dodgers, who feel their offer is already generous
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) December 29, 2016
Minnesota seems to be cornered in the trade market. L.A. is the lone partner willing to give value for Dozier. The Twins have Dozier under control for a couple more seasons, however, so their hand won’t be forced. If they love De Leon, perhaps we see them bend, but more likely the parties will need to agree on the extra compensation if a deal is to be done before spring training.