Veteran second baseman Brain Dozier has finally been traded after what seems like years of trade rumors surrounding him with the Minnesota Twins. The first place in the NL West Los Angeles Dodgers have struck another major deal in acquiring 31-year-old right-handed hitting second baseman from Minnesota.
After acquiring superstar Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles earlier this month, many assumed that took LA out of the running for Dozier, but they have certainly signaled they are going for it. With shortstop Corey Seager done for the year, the Dodgers had a hole in the middle of the infield to be filled, which they did in getting Machado. Now with Dozier they have further stacked the deck on once again winning the National League and perhaps getting over the top with a World Series title.
Here is what the Dodgers gave up for Dozier, most notably second baseman Logan Forsythe:
Raley is a LHH OF for the Dodgers currently ranked 27th in the organization and Smeltzer is a 22-year-old LHP just outside of the organization’s top 30 according to many experts. Meanwhile, Dozier is in the final season of his contract before he is set to hit the market this winter and has struggled this season at .224/.305/.402 with 16 homers and 52 RBI’s this season, but is coming off back-to-back 30-plus homer campaigns and had an OPS of over .850 each of the last two seasons.
The Dodgers now boast one of the deepest lineups in all of baseball, not just the National League. Machado, Turner, Bellinger, Kemp, Muncy, Taylor, Pederson, Puig and Kike Hernandez off the bench just to name a few. Pair that with a deep rotation and a strong bullpen and Andrew Friedman has built a championship winning club for Manager Dave Roberts.
Brian Dozier is heading to Chavez Ravine and the Dodgers may be ticketed for another Fall Classic appearance.