Another day, another mention of Brian Dozier to Hollywood.
The San Francisco Giants “like” Dozier, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, but the Dodgers are the “favorite” to land the Minnesota Twins’ second baseman.
SFGIants like Dozier but he's seen as "not a likely fit" for them, as they have Panik. Dodgers still viewed as favorite.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 17, 2016
San Francisco is seeking offensive upgrades after patching its porous bullpen with Mark Melancon. The Giants lack upper-tier prospects, however, complicating deals for more valuable players. With the Dodgers’ system’s depth, it has the means to easily outbid San Francisco if needed.
The Giants are the first real competition for Dozier specifically named, but even then they’re a long-shot. Heyman said “multiple teams have been sniffing around” on Dozier, but again adds Los Angeles is the most probable destination.
Twins like bellinger, but tough to see dodgers trading him. De leon plus is more likely, as @JeffPassan said.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 16, 2016
The Jose De Leon-plus package is one we’ve heard over the last several days. The “plus” could be deal-breaking if Minnesota is requesting another upside arm such as Yadier Alvarez. The Dodgers may be willing to part with De Leon, but they’ve frequently stated their affinity for their youth surplus. L.A. refused to milk their farm for Cole Hamels, David Price and Chris Sale; it is unlikely to add Dozier via consensus overpay.
It’s possible the Twins leaked the Giants’ interest to pressure the Dodgers to up the ante, a method we recently may have seen the White Sox execute on Washington. Interest outside L.A. has either been minimally reported or minimally exists. If Minnesota is committed to moving Dozier with an eye on De Leon, it’s logical to spread other teams’ supposed interest.