Coming off the best season of his career in 2016, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is going to draw plenty of trade interest this offseason if the team wants to move him.  

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Multiple Teams Interested in Dozier

Thursday, Nov. 10

According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, multiple teams showed interest in Dozier during the general manager meetings. 

After a solid first half in 2016 with a .786 OPS, Dozier exploded after the All-Star break with a .291/.344/.646 slash line and 28 home runs in 72 games. 

Dozier set career highs in average (.268), hits (165), home runs (42), slugging percentage (.546), OPS+ (136) and WAR (6.5) last season, per

It’s easy to figure out why teams would take an interest in Dozier. In addition to his stellar offensive performance, the 29-year-old is signed through 2018 and will make a total of $15 million over the next two seasons, per Spotrac

However, that also complicates matters from the Twins’ perspective. They are not under any pressure to move Dozier at this point, particularly as they continue to build around their offensive nucleus that also includes Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. 

Because Dozier is coming off a career year and has a team-friendly deal, the package of prospects it would take to even entice the Twins to make a move would have to be enormous. 

Dozier’s offensive impact at an up-the-middle position makes him an attractive commodity. The Twins owe it to themselves to listen to proposals from interested teams, but they understand they don’t have to trade arguably their most valuable MLB asset right now. 

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