Amor - MLB trade rumors 2017: Which team makes the most sense for Brian Dozier?

The Brian Dozier sweepstakes are apparently heating up.The Twins are listening to offers for their power-hitting second baseman, and it no longer looks like the Dodgers are the far-and-away favorites to land Dozier. It was reported this week that the Cardinals are very much in the picture, and the Nationals and Giants reportedly have interest, too.It’s obvious why he’s an intriguing trade target for those teams (and whatever mystery teams might be lurking in the shadows). Dozier hit 42 home runs last seasonafter hitting 28 in 2015 and 23 in 2014. He hit a career-best .268to go with a .340 on-base percentage https://www.brewersedges.com/milwaukee-brewers/glenn-robinson-jersey and career-best .886 OPS. He’s under contract for two more seasons; he’s earning $6 million in 2017 and $9 million in 2018. The Twins, should they keep him, actually could be a very dark-horse playoff candidate in 2017, but if the trades that have already gone down this offseason are any indication, the haul of prospects Dozier could bring in return could force the Twins to deal their All-Star.MORE: Pitch clock coming to MLB? Manfred seems to be a fanLet’s look at which of those four teams needs Dozier the most, starting from the bottom.4. NationalsThey’ve been connected to Dozier for a while, though acquiring himwould mean the Nationals have shuffling to do. He’s a better second baseman defensively than Daniel Murphy, who played there and finished second in the NL MVP voting in 2016. They could move Murphy to first base, but that position is owned by longtime franchise stalwart Ryan Zimmerman. And, honestly, that would make the Nationals a better team for 2017 and 2018 Zimmerman has been hurt and/or unproductive for the past three years (combined 0.0 WAR in 271 games) but it’s not that easy. Zimmerman means something to the franchise and the fan base, and guys like that can’t just get dumped or pushed to the bench.Plus, he’s owed $48 million through 2019, with a $2 million buyout on his 2020 team option. This is not a franchise that’s just going to eat that much money. The problem with the bold move of trading for Dozier is that it would require the much bolder move of figuring out what to do with Zimmerman. If there’s an injury after the season startsthat opens up another position on the infield, then Dozier makes a lot more sense. One thing to keep in mind, though: The Nationals know they only have two more years with Bryce Harper before he becomes a free agent. Will that knowledge prompt a series of bold, win Robin Yount Jersey -now moves? They already paid a hefty price to trade for Adam Eaton. We’ll see.GATTO: Edwin Encarnacion deal a coup for Cleveland3. GiantsAre the Giants really interested in Dozier or are they just driving up the price because they know the rival Dodgers legitimately might need him? The Giants have Joe Panik at second base right now; he was outstanding his first two years in the bigs (.309 average in 173 games), but struggled with injuries and inconsistency in 2016 and hit just .239. Are they going to make him a utility infield guy? He hasn’t played third base in pro baseball; he played shortstop in the minors, but obviously that position belongs to Gold Glover Brandon Crawford. Would Dozier play third base? That doesn’t seem like a great idea. He hasn’t played there since a couple ofgames in high-Cla s A in 2011. At best, it seems like a forced fit unle s the Giants just don’t expect much from Panik.2. CardinalsThe Cardinals have options at second basein Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko, but Dozier is a better option than either of those two guys. Wong struggled and was sent to the minors for a spell last year. Gyorko figures into the mix at third base, too, because it’s not reasonable to expect Jhonny Peralta, https://www.brewersedges.com/milwaukee-brewers/ryan-braun-jersey who turns 35 in May, to play a full season at the hot corner in 2016. Wong actually still has value as a trade chip; he’s still just 26, he has power and speed and the potential to be an above-average defensive second baseman. Plus, he’s under contract for the next four seasons for just $20.25 million (with a club option for 2021). The Twins figure to love that type of low-cost control. It’s not that the Cardinals want to give away Wong, who could very well turn into an All-Star in 2017, but Dozier is a much more reliable option at second base as the club tries to keep pace with the Cubs in the NL Central.1. DodgersThese guys still make the most sense, by far. At the moment, Enrique Hernandez is the starting second baseman; he struggled in 2016 but still is an outstanding player. In truth, though, he’s a guy who is more valuable to the Dodgers for his versatility he can play all three outfield positions, plus third, shortstop and second than as a starting second baseman. Adding Dozier to the middle of that lineup pulls the Dodgers that much closer to knocking off the Cubs in the playoffs. And the Dodgers have plenty of nearly ready youngsters in the farm system who can help the Twins in their climb back to playoff contention.

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