MLB Trade Rumors: Brian Dozier A Good Fit for New York Mets?
The Minnesota Twins are in rebuilding mode, but still require an architect to design a team for next season. Unfortunately, it seems that there aren't many takers for the President of Baseball Operations role. Still, there are workable blocks, and a skilled GM can make use of these parts, either by setting them as foundations or, in some cases, moving them to another team.
As the only trading chip that the Twins have, second baseman Brian Dozier has become a pleasant surprise for the cellar-dwelling team. His 2016 season is the lone bright spot for Minnesota, and even Dozier might've been surprised of the elite numbers he's putting up this year.
With a previous career high of 28, Dozier now has 41 home runs, and analysts are saying that although Dozier is streaky, he might have found the perfect plate approach for himself. He's putting up career numbers: 41 home runs, a 141 wRC+, .285 wOBA, and 6.1 fWAR, and he kicked it up a notch after the All-Star break.
He might not be able to sustain these numbers, but Dozier's performance might pique enough GMs interests to score a quality trade for the Twins. He's currently under contract with the Twins for two more seasons, going for only $15M for two years. The bargain contract is what might actually make him more valuable, as Dozier will shine as a power hitter with a very payroll-friendly contract.
What the Twins need is young blood and pitchers, hopefully to reignite the franchise and start anew. The New York Mets are a team that have these in bunches. When the Twins hire their GM, he needs to get in touch with the Mets.
With the likes of Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard, and Jacob deGrom in the bullpen, the Mets can afford to let go of some of their young arms, and provide the Twins some quality pitching. Injuries derailed the seasons of some of these players, but next year can be a bounce-back season, both for the pitcher and for the team.
For the Mets, the high price tag of re-signing Neil Walker might be too much, and retaining slugger Yoenis Cespedes should be the first on the docket, if he opts out of his contract. With these hitters possibly on the way out, a relatively affordable Dozier might be the perfect fit for a team who wish to continue contending in the NL East.
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