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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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – JUNE 9: Second baseman Dee Gordon #9 of the Seattle Mariners catches Mallex Smith #0 of the Tampa Bay Rays attempting to steal during the eighth inning of a game on June 9, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /

Seattle Mariners

For the time being the Seattle Mariners are keeping pace with the Houston Astros. Early in the season they received the blow of first a Robinson Cano injury, which led almost directly into news of his 80-game PED suspension. That has led to now a series of shifts in the original plan for the Mariners season.

While Cano’s return in August would create an interesting log jam, acquiring Dozier would allow the Mariner’s to move Dee Gordon back to center field. And since Cano is also now ineligible for postseason play that allows the Mariners to keep that defensive alignment into the postseason. And for the month or so Cano and Dozier are rostered together, maybe Dozier could be rotated over to third a bit. Something Twins fans have wanted to see at times anyways, right?

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Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox are missing their own star second baseman in Dustin Pedroia. The Red Sox are playing some incredible baseball even in Pedroia’s absence. All signs point to expecting him to return to the line up at some point this season, but if this knee injury is worse than we know they could look to add someone like Dozier to their lineup.

An alternate benefit to acquiring Dozier in Pedroia’s absence is both Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt are able to remain in their utility roles. Both can be fine players for the Red Sox. Both are also most valuable rotating off the bench when the matchups are right. This is certainly a long shot and only works if the Red Sox know they will be without Pedroia for most of the season.

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As you can see, the market for Dozier looks slim. There just aren’t very many contending teams that need to add a second baseman to their roster. So while the Twins would benefit by capitalizing on trading Dozier. Finding a trade partner will be a tall task for the front office.

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