Minnesota Twins: Trade Rumors as the Deadline Looms

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DETROIT, MI - MAY 11: A detailed view of a Minnesota Twins Baseball Cap and All Star Logo in the dugout prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 11, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Twins defeated the Tigers 4-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - MAY 11: A detailed view of a Minnesota Twins Baseball Cap and All Star Logo in the dugout prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 11, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Twins defeated the Tigers 4-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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Brian Dozier

The most obvious name that has come up time and time again is Brian Dozier. Dozier is having another solid season. He is hitting .225 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI on the season. He is his usual consistent self at second base and has been a bright spot for the Minnesota Twins in recent years.

In 2016, he hit a monstrous 42 home runs and had 99 runs batted in. Somehow, he got left off the All Star roster that season. He’s on pace for as many runs batted in this season but his home run tally is much lower.

Dozier has spent his entire career with the Twins, which is rumored to be one reason why they haven’t traded him before now. Minnesota has consistently shown that they value their “home town” guys. Much like Joe Mauer, Dozier has been loyal to the organization and its fans, making him not only a fan favorite, but a favorite of ownership. Dozier has been speculated to be on the trading block almost every season in recent memory, but so far he’s been able to avoid being sent elsewhere.

Popular speculation is that Dozier is headed to Milwaukee. This makes sense considering their situation at second base. Jonathan Villar has been sent to the DL with a right thumb sprain and was really the best option for the Brewers at the position. Dozier would be an upgrade even if Villar was healthy. He has a better bat and is better defensively.

The Brewers don’t have much in the way of pitching, which is what the Twins presumably will want in a trade, but they do have a few young prospects that the Twins could parlay later this season or in the offseason for help in the pen.

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