Minnesota Twins: Finding a Brian Dozier trade partner

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 14: Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to striking out against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning of the game on May 14, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Mariners defeated the Twins 1-0. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 14: Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to striking out against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning of the game on May 14, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Mariners defeated the Twins 1-0. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 12: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers drops a throw from Caleb Ferguson #64 as Delino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers reaches first base during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Los Angeles Dodgers

As you may remember, the Los Angeles Dodgers were really the lone suitor for Dozier two offseasons ago. That offseason they seemed less than willing to offer up much for a very good hitting Dozier with a very team friendly contract. Instead, they ended up swinging a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays to acquire Logan Forsythe.

Here we are in 2018 and the Dodgers could again look to upgrade their middle infield situation. Injuries have contributed in big ways to that need. The injury to their star shortstop Corey Seager will cause him to miss the rest of the season after having season-ending Tommy John surgery. Chase Utley has also been on the disabled list with a thumb injury. Even when healthy the 39-year-old was only slashing .216/.302/.324.

The previously mentioned Forsythe also isn’t hitting very impressively for the Dodgers as he is slashing .211/.266/.325. Chris Taylor is really the only middle infielder who is performing respectively for the Dodgers as he is slashing .253/.341/.451, but with Seager’s injury he slots in as the primary shortstop. The Dodgers have found some offense in first baseman Max Muncy who is hitting .277/.395/.631 with 13 home runs. They just recently tried Muncy at second base in a game against the Texas Rangers to likely try to fix some of their woes at that position.

The Dodgers are likely the best fit for a Dozier trade as their need and potential willingness to swing a deal seems the highest.

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