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#1 Nine of twelve

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 07:36 AM

I noticed this one-sentence item in the most obscure part of this morning's StarTribune print edition:

 

San Diego released former Twins All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier.

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#2 tarheeltwinsfan

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 09:16 AM

I wish Brian well. He appears to be a class human being. He gave us Twins fans many exciting moments.

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 09:51 AM

Always thought Brian was going to become a very good MLB player while moving through the minors. Loved him when he became one of the best on his Twins teams. Thought trading him made sense and liked the return we got. Sorry to see this news and wish him well. If he doesn't catch on with anyone this year, expect he will give it one more try in 2021.

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 10:29 AM

That's a rough sign. It's a weird year, of course, but SD has infield openings.


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Posted 12 July 2020 - 10:51 AM

He just never seemed to find his footing elsewhere. Not sure if that was because of a lack of opportunity or if we just saw the best of him.

 

He's a good guy and hope he finds his way post-baseball.

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 10:57 AM

One of my favorite Twins, he gave his all for them, often played hurt. I think it broke his heart when he was traded. Wish him well

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 11:20 AM

I hope some team picks him up.

 

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 02:52 PM

Was really just a formality. When he didn't make the Padres 60-man player pool, and now with an opt-out coming out, it was going to happen. Maybe a team will have a need and he'll get a shot. Can really only play 2B and DH, but he can still mash left-handers. 


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Posted 12 July 2020 - 04:03 PM

 

On some painful Twins teams, Brian Dozier was a bright spot. Gotta love it when a # 8 draft pick comes through for you, becomes an all-star, and hits 167 out of the park.  

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 04:37 PM

Definitely one of my favorite Twins in the recent era. Always seemed like a good guy and having fun. Was great to go from kind of a sneaky prospect to an all-star. He, Radke and probably Garver looking like some great late Twins steals in the draft. I wish him well.

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 06:34 PM

Really streaky here. We suffered through the slumps because we saw the rampage when he was hot.No rampage for other teams and they won't give him slack for slumps. Another guy I thought was a little pull happy but overall nice career.

 

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 07:13 PM

Great guy and exceeded all expectations.... but we do need to give our FO credit for when they moved him.....

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 07:29 PM

Pick him up.He can take Tovar's place.

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Posted 12 July 2020 - 08:24 PM

Came here to see if that had been posted yet. More details: https://www.mlbtrade...ian-dozier.html


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Posted 12 July 2020 - 11:29 PM

Pick him up.He can take Tovar's place.

I think it would be a great depth move in a year like this. We could put him on the 60 and if anything happens to Arraez he would be our first option at 2b (where believe it or not we are thin). He can show off his Championship ring and demonstrate how winning teams go about their business.

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 08:41 PM

 

Pick him up.He can take Tovar's place.

We have an opening on the 60 man roster, so no need to cut anyone. Also, I believe the only reason why Tovar is on the roster is because he can play SS, which is something Dozier can't do. But I would much, much rather have Dozier's bat over Tovar's and others like Reinheimer.

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 05:15 AM

I'm 99.99% sure that Dozier's professional playing career is over. There is no indication that he will ever again be the hitter he was five years ago and he is at best an average fielder who can play only one position. In the current situation with the bare-bones draft it's all the more important to give priority to prospects. Teams can't use a roster spot and any other resources on--sorry to say it--a washed-up player.

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 07:04 AM

He may be best served to take this goofy year off and see if his body can recover from the grind he's put it through and take one more shot in 2021. Maybe a full year off with proper therapy can get his knee right and keep any other nagging injuries from laying him out and he can find a renaissance. I'm rooting for him, he's always seemed like a good dude.

 

That said, it's not like he was bad for the Nationals last year (even if he didn't get much run in the playoffs) so it's not like he couldn't help a team even now. But he didn't make the majors until he was 25, which shortens the shelf life in MLB.

 

I would not bring him back if I'm the Twins, though. Arraez deserves the starting job and Nick Gordon is probably ready if he goes down, and Polanco can certainly play there. Adding a 33 year old 2B in decline is not a great fit, even if he was one of ours. He had a great 4 year run with us, and we moved on at the right time.

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 08:57 AM

I'd rather see Nick Gordon as the heir apparent if something happens to Arraez. Dozier had a good run, holds the record for most HRs by an AL second baseman, and got a ring. He can retire a happy man.

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 09:12 AM

 

He just never seemed to find his footing elsewhere. Not sure if that was because of a lack of opportunity or if we just saw the best of him.

 

He's a good guy and hope he finds his way post-baseball.

I think it is he is 33 and most likely his best years behind him.27 is peak seasons for most players, he is 6 years past that.Very few teams are willing to play veterans these days that play at replacement level output.Teams are changing how they build teams and vets are getting squeezed out, even if they can put up MLB quality numbers.If they can get same output or close to it for cheaper the teams are doing that. 

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