My life has become waking up in the morning, making a cup of coffee and writing another post on the evergreen trade rumors of L.A. and Minnesota’s talks for Brian Dozier.
In the latest update, Bob Nightengale calls the Dodgers the “heavy favorite” for Dozier, which has been reported on a number of occasions now. With the Twins set to make a final decision in the next week, he says they won’t budge on their initial request.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 5, 2017
A trade is looking less and less likely. Neither team has leverage. Minnesota has Dozier signed for two seasons at a below market rate. Los Angeles isn’t desperate and has alternatives. If the Twins’ deadline is real, time is running out on an agreement.
It’s possible the teams could revisit talks closer to the deadline, which plays in the Dodgers favor now. There aren’t many contenders in need of second baseman and there are even fewer with a prospect as appealing as Jose De Leon to headline a trade. It’s entirely possible the Dodgers have addressed second by that point too, be it in a trade for a Logan Forsythe-type or realizing Willie Calhoun is close to debuting.