Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Dodgers acquire Brian Dozier in trade with Twins

Dodgers acquire Brian Dozier in trade with Twins

It seems only fitting that after there were rumors that Dozier may end up with the Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, or even the Cleveland Indians that he would end up in Los Angeles in the end.

"Knowing as you get later in the season, and particularly in September when teams can start game planning and stacking their rotation a certain way, they think you have a weakness against a certain side", Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said. He's having a worse-than-usual season, entering Tuesday hitting.224/.305/.402 (91 OPS+) with just 16 home runs. Had Dozier accepted, they would have had him had under contract in 2019 for a little less than the $20 million he made over the previous four seasons.

Now, the core of Machado, Dozier, Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, and Justin Turner will lead their offense to another postseason run. Dozier heads to a Dodgers squad that has a half-game lead in the National League West Division, and could contend for a spot in the World Series.

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In return for Dozier, the Twins will receive Logan Forsythe, pitcher Devin Smeltzer and outfielder Luke Raley.

Heading into the final two years of his contract, Dozier, 31, was dangled in trade talks that winter by the newly hired front office. The 24-year-old Glasnow dominated as a starter in the minors but struggled as a starter during his first season-plus in Pittsburgh, going 2-7 with a 7.69 ERA in 15 games (13 starts) in 2017.

In their first four deals in a sell-off that began on July 27 with the trade of infielder Eduardo Escobar to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Twins netted nine total prospects, with first baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin (ex-Yankees) and right-hander Chase De Jong (ex-Mariners) being the only ones with prior experience in the majors. Raley is now playing at the Double-A level and has hit.275/.345/.477 and has a.822 OPS with 17 home runs.

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Archer, a two-time All-Star, is 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts this season for the Rays. Neither Smeltzer or Raley are highly ranked prospects and would settle in around a C prospect ranking in both cases.

Not only did the Twins acquire more talent to add to an already strong farm system.

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