After an off-season of non-stop trade talk, the Minnesota Twins opted to keep Brian Dozier on the roster. Now they are seeing they cannot let him go.
Minnesota Twins 2nd baseman Brian Dozier definitely proved himself a year ago. He hit .268 with 42 home-runs and 99 RBI’s. During the off-season, when it seemed as if it was time for the Twins to start the rebuilding mode, Dozier was a hot topic of trade talk.
After not finding a solid deal for Dozier, the Minnesota Twins decided to hold onto him. Now, with the emergence of some young players, the Twins are seeing how much they are in need of a leader like Brian Dozier.
When looking at the Twins’ roster, you see a bunch of young dudes and Joe Mauer. Of course, Mauer used to be the leader of this team, but with Father Time going against him, he doesn’t seem to fit that mold anymore. In steps Brian Dozier.
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It is starting to seem as if the Twins are ahead of schedule when it comes to the rebuilding stage. With Miguel Sano playing so well and having some nice performances from the likes of Max Kepler and Robbie Grossman, the Minnesota Twins seem to be heading in the right direction.
With that in mind, the Twins must realize that they need someone with experience to lead them along this journey. That man needs to be the journeyman himself, Brian Dozier.
He has already shown that he has the ability to come through in the clutch, with this bases clearing double against the Rangers that eventually gave Minnesota the victory.
Along with his ability to come through when needed, Dozier has the ability to lead and mentor some of the younger guys on the roster. This is an absolute necessity for a team trying to get their footing.
During the rebuilding stage, it makes a lot of sense to get rid of Dozier. But now, with good signs of things to come, the Twins need Brian Dozier to potentially take the next step.
If you look at any good MLB team, they have that veteran leader. The Chicago Cubs have Ben Zobrist. The Washington Nationals have Ryan Zimmerman. The Los Angeles Dodgers have Adrian Gonzalez. While they might not be the team’s BEST player, they are an extremely valuable piece to each team’s success.
Brian Dozier needs to be that for this young Minnesota Twins team. The Twins need to step away from the rebuilding mode and step into the building around Dozier mode.