The Brian Dozier saga is expected to conclude soon. While L.A. remains the front-runner, the Twins haven’t gotten an offer to their liking, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
In his latest notes, Rosenthal said Minnesota wants a resolution soon out of “respect” to Dozier. The Twins also have a FanFest later this month where Dozier is scheduled to appear.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 10, 2017
He adds Minnesota has yet to receive the prospects it wants in addition to Jose De Leon, who would headline the potential package. The Dodgers have reportedly wanted a one-for-one deal but the Twins have no interest.
Most interesting in Rosenthal’s report: His sources say the Twins “are concerned that De Leon, like many prospects, will not fulfill his hype.”
De Leon is already 24 and just cracked the majors a season ago. There are questions as to his ceiling and realistically, as Rosenthal points out, he won’t step in right away as an innings eater. The Dodgers obviously aren’t as high on him as they are some of their other prized prospects, so it’s possible Minnesota views L.A.’s willingness to move him as a small warning. Dozier is a fan favorite signed to a steal of a contract. The Twins simply aren’t motivated to move him without receiving exactly what they want.
The talks aren’t expected to continue much longer, but unless the Dodgers include further compensation, there won’t be an agreement this offseason.