The Dodgers and Minnesota Twins have been haggling over Brian Dozier for the past month. Those talks are reportedly at an “impasse,” leaving Los Angeles a large void at second base.
L.A. could re-visit trade talks for Ian Kinsler or Logan Forsythe, or perhaps opt for a lower profile free agent, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
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Rosenthal said the current stalemate with Minnesota doesn’t end the possibility of a future agreement. The Dodgers could go for a stop-gap at second base and see how it plays out. If it’s failing and Willie Calhoun still isn’t ready for the bigs, perhaps the teams can renew conversations toward the deadline. That would also open the possibility of the Dodgers trading for an All-Star outfielder before spring training.
Stephen Drew, Luis Valbuena, Dustin Ackley and a reunion with Chase Utley could be on the table, Rosenthal speculates. If L.A. goes one of those routes, a trade for Andrew McCutchen (which we broke down here) or Ryan Braun (discussed here) makes more sense. The downside is all the aforementioned second basemen are left-handed, and the Dodgers’ preference is for a righty.
That preference could push them toward a trade with Detroit or Tampa Bay. Initial rumors of those organizations trading their respective players have died down. It’s fair to wonder how much longer they’d be willing to part with either (if at all) as spring break grows closer. Both teams are in the “middle-tier” mindset and may want to wait it out and see how their team performs early – in which case extinguishes the Dodgers’ second base trade targets.
Behind the free agent door is a more conservative approach. The stop-gap player could obviously exceed expectations or disappoint, but the lineup imbalance remains. Ideally the player is at least league average with Calhoun impressing enough to earn the job for the foreseeable future. The free agent approach doesn’t guarantee a trade for one of the outfielders, so ultimately the move may just be a slight upgrade from Kike Hernandez.
Los Angeles will acquire a second basemen. The question is how and if there will be another move tied to it.