Twins Dozier Trade Looks Like Front Office has Given Up on Team
The Minnesota Twins traded Brian Dozier at the trade deadline Tuesday and it appeared to this Twins fan like the trade was made simply to make a trade. Minnesota did get three players for one, only one proven Major League player however. The prospects include outfielder Luke Raley and pitcher Devin Smeltzer. MLB Pipeline ranked Raley #19 in the Dodger's system
Dozier is having a down year by his standards but does this sound like a good return on your investment? Keep in mind BOTH of these players are being paid the same 9 million dollars this year and both are 31 years old. Brian Dozier has been an All-Star, set the Major League record for home runs in a season by a second baseman. He has 16 homers and 52 RBI this season. He is batting .224 with 8 stolen bases.
The major league player received from the Dodgers in the trade is second baseman Logan Forsythe. He is batting .207 with 2 home runs and 13 RBI. His career statistics include a .247 batting average with 63 homers, 252 RBI, 39 stolen bases in 807 total games.
Dozier's career statistics are a .248 batting average, 167 home runs, 491 RBI and 98 stolen bases in 955 total games. He has had 20 or more homers four straight years and more than likely will go over that mark again this season. Last year Dozier received a Gold Glove award.
Minnesota in the past week has unloaded utility player Eduardo Escobar, relief pitchers Ryan Pressly and Zach Duke, starting pitcher Lance Lynn and second baseman Brian Dozier. All players on their major league roster and all contributors to the team.
In return they have received second baseman Logan Forsythe, outfielder Luke Raley, pitcher Devin Smeltzer, first baseman Tyler Austin, pitcher Luis Rijo, outfielders Ernie De La Trinidad and Gabriel Maciel, pitcher Jhoan Duran, pitcher Jorge Alcala and outfielder Gilberto Celestino.
The only player obtained with significant Major League experience was Forsythe and he has had two good seasons out of his 8.
I would be more convinced this was a good move by the Twins if they were not just one year removed from the playoffs. They aren't completely out of the playoff hunt currently. Although after these trades it looks bleak,. They would have to surpass Cleveland and win the Central Division for that to happen.
After a loss tonight they are back to 9 games back of Cleveland. This season is probably over but how about next year? This roster needs a lot more talent if they want to compete the next couple of seasons.
Making trades to simply stock more players in your farm system isn't going to put people in the seats in my opinion.