Dodgers acquiring Brian Dozier from Twins


The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers made another addition to their infield, acquiring power-hitting second baseman Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday for infielder Logan Forsythe and two minor leaguers shortly before the trade deadline.

The Twins also got outfielder Luke Raley and lefthander Devin Smeltzer for Dozier.

Dozier is having one of his worst years at the plate as a pro, hitting just.224/.305/.402, but has 16 home runs, 21 doubles and 52 RBIs.

In the final year of his four-year, $20 million contract, Dozier will be a free agent after the season. Dozier marks the second starting middle infielder the Dodgers have acquired this month, joining Manny Machado. By 2012 he had become the Twins' regular shortstop, but a disappointing first half and defensive struggles led to his transition to second base after the season. Raley is now playing at the Double-A level and has hit.275/.345/.477 and has a.822 OPS with 17 home runs.

Forsythe, 31, has spent the past two seasons with the Dodgers and is hitting.207 with two home runs in 70 games this year.

Here's what the Twins are getting for Dozier, according to Joel Sherman.

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That Jan. 23, the Dodgers moved on from Dozier and acquired Forsythe instead from the Tampa Bay Rays for Triple-A right-hander Jose DeLeon, who subsequently underwent Tommy John surgery. "Everything that he's done for the community and the way he's played the game, he's set a great example for our young guys throughout".

The veteran second baseman has struggled at times this season. He was drafted in the eighth round by the Twins in 2009.

The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline was 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Back with the Twins to open 2017, Dozier hit 34 homers and won his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award as he led the Twins to their first postseason appearance in seven years.

Forsythe is a pending free agent.

It's just one of several moves the Twins have made before Tuesday's non-waiver trading deadline.