Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Brian Dozier Deal Would Bolster Boston's Infield Depth

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A deal for Twins infielder Brian Dozier might be a prudent under-the-radar move for the Red Sox. With Dustin Pedroia likely out two (or maybe three) months of the 2018 season, Dozier (a starter for Minnesota since 2013) could easily contribute much more than other potential options (Brock HoltDeven Marrero, Marco Hernandez, Tzu-Wei Lin). The 30-year-old Dozier has had two straight terrific years—hitting 42 HRs in 2016 and 34 HRs in 2017—while batting around .270 both years. He also knocked in a boatload of runs in those campaigns (99 in 2016; 93 in 2017). Dozier is signed through 2019 ($6M; $9M), so a trade would have to send decent prospects back to The Land Of Lake Wobegon—a package like: Lin, 1B Sam Travis, and P Tanner Houck (a similar—although much too generous—package was recently suggested by the Twins fan site, PuckettsPond.com). In any event, Boston needs to be solid at second base if they want to be contenders for the half-season (or longer) that The Muddy Chicken may be absent.