According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and others, Brian Dozier has been sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their lineup has been in flux, with Arizona and Colorado right on their heels.
Dozier, 31, hit.224 with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs in 104 games this season for the Twins. Just two seasons ago, Dozier hit 42 home runs, making himself one of only two Twins players to hit more then 40 in one season. Forsythe, who is also a free agent at season's end, has been a disappointment for the Dodgers. The Twins received a total of 12 players in return, with Forsythe the only current major leaguer.
In return for Dozier, the Twins will receive Logan Forsythe, pitcher Devin Smeltzer and outfielder Luke Raley.
Dozier will likely start at second base for Los Angeles, and he adds another strong bat for the Dodgers as they try to improve upon last year's World Series loss. This year, he's hit.207/.270/.290 (53 OPS+). Smeltzer, 22, has a 4.73 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in his first Double-A season, and a 4.53 ERA overall in three seasons split between rookie ball, Single-A and Double-A.
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"It's disappointing on a lot of levels, but I understand it's a business, and I don't like to say that, but it really is when things like this happen", said first baseman Joe Mauer, who said he was not approached about waiving his no-trade clause. Now they get Dozier, who is making $9 million in the final season of his contract, to play the position. He was drafted in the eighth round by the Twins in 2009. The Twins went on to make the playoffs, and the Dodgers were the National League champions.
The Minnesota Twins have been very busy since publicly staking their claim as sellers for the 2018 version of the trade deadline. It seems only fitting that after there were rumors that Dozier may end up with the Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, or even the Cleveland Indians that he would end up in Los Angeles in the end. He won his first Gold Glove award in 2017, hitting.271 with 34 home runs. Forsythe will also be a free agent in the fall. Only one of the five players dealt, Ryan Pressly, was under team control beyond the 2018 season.
Austin, 26, has 15 home runs and a.459 slugging percentage in just 244 big-league at-bats, but he also will be out of minor-league options next spring.