The Dodgers were involved in essentially every rumor imaginable leading up to the July 31st deadline, but they finally revealed their hand. Los Angeles made a trade for Brian Dozier to fortify their offense down the stretch and into the playoffs.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2018
The Dodgers have simply not had offensive production at second base this season. Players are batting a combined .211/.309/.315 from the second base position this season. Logan Forsythe, in particular, has been an incredible let down since the Dodgers chose him over Dozier last year.
Forsythe was one of the moves the Dodgers made prior to the 2016 season. Since then, he has hit a lowly .218 and reached base at a .325 mark. Pretty awful numbers when you consider what he had done in the years prior for Tampa Bay.
Dozier has had a down season, there is no denying that. His batting average and on-base percentage have each dropped off about 50 points from last year, and his power numbers aren’t quite there. Obviously the Dodgers like the pop he can provide along with his tendency to have a better second half. Dozier hit over 300 with 21 home runs after the All-Star break in 2017.
Besides Logan Forsythe, it looks like the Dodgers have included two prospects as well. LHP Devin Smeltzer and OF Luke Raley will head over to Minnesota as part of the deal.
Perhaps not the move most people were looking for, but Dozier is certainly an upgrade to Forsythe at second base. Not to mention that his AAV is only at $5M per year, putting Los Angeles just slightly under the luxury tax, per reports.
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