Dozier could be a hot trade target this MLB offseason

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Fulton native Brian Dozier signed a nice

AP photo Fulton native and former IAHS baseball standout Brian Dozier could be the subject of a potential trade this winter. The All-Star second baseman is a fan-favorite in Minnesota, but stellar 2015 and 2016 seasons could lead to a change of scenery.

AP photo
Fulton native and former IAHS baseball standout Brian Dozier could be the subject of a potential trade this winter. The All-Star second baseman is a fan-favorite in Minnesota, but stellar 2015 and 2016 seasons could lead to a change of scenery.

four-year, $20 million deal with the Minnesota Twins just prior to the 2015 Major League Baseball season, but the 29 year-old All-Star second baseman could possibly end up exploring new frontiers just halfway into that deal.

Following his 2014 season, which included an appearance in the MLB Home Run Derby, Dozier enjoyed a 2015 season that featured an bid to play in the actual All-Star Game in Cincinnati (in which he homered in his only at-bat), and then a career season in 2016 after getting off to a slow start.

Dozier launched 42 home runs last season, which set a single-season record for second basemen, and hit above the .250 mark for the first time in his four-and-a-half season career.

Dozier was also among the league leaders in runs scored, wins above replacement and slugging percentage.

Dozier has watched his statistics steadily improve since getting the call to “the show” in 2012, especially his power numbers.

His 42 home runs last season accounted for 36-percent of his 117 career homers, which encored 23- and 28-home run seasons in 2014 and 2015.

Dozier’s stellar defense cannot be ignored, as he has made just 16 errors on 1,480 total chances in the past two seasons, while helping turn 229 double plays and sporting a .990 fielding percentage during that span.

With all these things considered, it is no surprise that Dozier has become the talk of several trade rumors.

Following up his breakout 2015 season with an even better 2016 campaign, Dozier has piqued the interest of several teams simply because he offers all the typical quailities of a top-notch second baseman -stellar defense, good on-base percentage, good speed, and a good bat- with one quality that is very atypical … his power.

With a handful of teams interested in Dozier, the most notable suitor is the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Money is no object to the wealthy west coast squad and they have exactly what the Twins would look for, in return for the Minnesota slugger.

The Dodgers have one of the better pitching staffs in the majors, with lots of young arms in their farm system, and the Twins are in desperate need of young pitching.

While the Dodgers appear to be the most aggresive in pursuing Dozier during this off-season, the Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies, among a few other destinations, could also be potential landing spots.

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About Scotty Nichols

Graduate of THE University of Mississippi. #HottyToddy. I like sports. And BBQ.

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