It is funny to me that so often we hear about how people think that because the Twins got a new stadium that they would be able to keep their stars. Brian Dozier is a star, and yet of the first six comments, five of them say to just let him go elsewhere.
And while I understand the thinking for any player over 32, and I get that Polanco can move to 2B and Nick Gordon could be ready for SS in 2019... I wonder if people realize just how good Dozier has been. Even if he takes one WAR off over the next couple of years, there's value in having him the next couple of years.
I would LOVE to see them sign him to just a two-year extension, but there's no reason for him to do that. Are you going to get 4 WAR out of Polanco or Gordon in 2019 and 2020? Will you get that between the two of them? I don't know...
I'm not saying that the answer 100% is to sign him to an extension... but I don't think the answer can be not to just because he is going to be 32 (or 35 at the end).
Its not that I don't recognize how good Dozier has been, because I know how good he's been.That's why I wanted him dealt for pitching.I'm looking from a big picture aspect.I think it's reasonable for him to seek a 4 year deal and he'll get paid handsomely with it.A midmarket team can't really afford to sign a guy to a deal like that and then still try to extend young and emerging core players like this team has and then still build most of a pitching staff.I want to do what I can to keep Buxton, Sano and Berrios and if that costs me one Dozier, then so be it.The previously mentioned three should be in a Twins uniform long past Dozier.For me, it has less to do with Dozier's age as it does keeping the young core together.