Minnesota Twins: Selecting the best fits for 5 Twins trade candidates

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 11: Manager Paul Molitor #4 of the Minnesota Twins looks on as starting pitcher Lance Lynn #31 is checked by medical staff during the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 11, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 11: Manager Paul Molitor #4 of the Minnesota Twins looks on as starting pitcher Lance Lynn #31 is checked by medical staff during the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 11, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 15: Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on June 15, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

2B Brian Dozier

We already have highlighted in great depth several teams that could look at Brian Dozier in a post just about a month ago here at Puckett’s Pond. Since then it honestly has started to feel like there was no way that Dozier would be able to regain enough value to make himself valuable to any contender.

The hope at the time of the initial post was that Dozier would begin to pick things up and rebound offensively by going on one of his patented hot streaks. Instead, Dozier is still slashing a pedestrian .223/.309/.402 with a .711 OPS. He has added 13 home runs which could provide some value to a contending team looking to add some pop to their lineup.

The problem is that Dozier is very limited defensively. He is a second baseman and only that. A lot of contenders already have someone entrenched in that position. Proving once again that Dozier’s trade market is very small almost regardless of how well he may or may not be performing at the plate.

There are teams that need middle infield help. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, and maybe even the Boston Red Sox fit that description. It seems at this point the Dodgers line up the best with the Twins as a trade partner and if rumors are true they may just feel the same way.

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With Corey Seager out for the season, the Dodgers are struggling to get much production out of their second base position. Logan Forsythe who is the second baseman the Dodgers acquired instead of Dozier two offseasons ago is slashing .202/.260/.301. Veteran Chase Utley isn’t adding much either as he is slashing .227/.301/.320. Even Dozier’s numbers look like an upgrade up against those two.

Trade Partner: Los Angeles Dodgers

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