Dodgers News: Talks For Acquiring Brian Dozier "Appear To Be At A Standstill"

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been pursuing a trade for Minnesota Twins infielder Brian Dozier for the past week, but talks have not been progressing and "appear to be at a standstill," according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports:

The Dodgers and Twins have been discussing Minnesota’s star second baseman Brian Dozier for weeks now, and appear to be at a standstill at the moment, if not an impasse.

The sides have agreed that Dodgers top pitching prospect Jose De Leon would be part of a package to go for Dozier, who had 43 home runs and a 136 OPS+ last year, but are said by sources to be having difficulty agreeing on the second and possibly third pieces.

The Twins at one point sought Dodgers’ top minor-league prospect Cody Bellinger, the slick-fielding first baseman, but those efforts apparently were rebuffed. Word is the Twins have a pitching-heavy list of alternatives they’d take instead, but the Dodgers have to this point an entirely different list of prospects they’d agree to send to Minnesota.

It is known that the Dodgers hold two other top pitching prospects — Walker Buehler and Yadier Alvarez — in extremely high regard, and it’s quite likely that L.A. wouldn’t be willing to deal either of those two prospects along with De Leon. In fact, some believe the Dodgers like Buehler and Alvarez even more than De Leon despite many publications ranking De Leon higher.

Minnesota is not desperate to move Dozier, as though they'd like to trade him in a deal for prospects to help their rebuild, they are perfectly fine having him on their roster to start the season.

Los Angeles does have a stacked farm system, so the Twins should be able to find plenty of prospects they are interested in. The only question is if the Dodgers would be willing to meet those demands, as they haven't wanted to so far.

A few other teams are reported to have inquired about making a deal for Dozier, namely the San Francisco Giants. Dozier has played in at least 147 games for each of the last four years and has hit at least 23 home runs in each of the last three years. He hit .268 with 42 home runs and 99 RBIs last season.

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