The Dodgers and Twins have been discussing Minnesota’s star second baseman Brian Dozier for weeks now, and appear to be at a standstill at the moment, if not an impasse.
The sides have agreed that Dodgers top pitching prospect Jose De Leon would be part of a package to go for Dozier, who had 43 home runs and a 136 OPS+ last year, but are said by sources to be having difficulty agreeing on the second and possibly third pieces.
One source insisted that the Twins were quite comfortable taking Dozier, their best position player, into the season, Arrangements were just made for him to come to Minnesota to pick up his Twins MVOP trophy on Jan. 26, and for him to participate in the team’s fan fest the following three days.
The Twins at one point sought Dodgers’ top minor-league prospect Cody Bellinger, the slick-fielding first baseman, but those efforts apparently were rebuffed. Word is the Twins have a pitching-heavy list of alternatives they’d take instead, but the Dodgers have to this point an entirely different list of prospects they’d agree to send to Minnesota.
It is known that the Dodgers hold two other top pitching prospects — Walker Buehler and Yadier Alvarez — in extremely high regard, and it’s quite likely that L.A. wouldn’t be willing to deal either of those two prospects along with De Leon. In fact, some believe the Dodgers like Buehler and Alvarez even more than De Leon despite many publications ranking De Leon higher.
The Dodgers’ farm system is stacked, so it remains quite possible the sides work this out by adding multiple pieces to the package in a compromise. But for now, they seem to be in a stare-down, possible because the Twins feel no urgency to do the deal. The Dodgers also have looked into Ian Kinsler and Logan Forsythe for second base, but Kinsler has a no-trade to L.A. and a request for an extension if dealt.
The Giants are said to have looked at Dozier, as have some other teams. But L.A., with their great farm system and second-base opening, remains the most logical landing spot — if the sides can work it out.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo first reported that the Dodgers would part with De Leon.