The Failed ‘Brian Dozier to Dodgers’ Trade: Q&A with Brandon Warne of Cold Omaha
The Dodgers and Twins negotiated for over a month this winter. Talks grew public and “drawn-out” as neither team would budge on its request. L.A. reportedly wanted a one-for-one swap of Jose De Leon for Brian Dozier. Minnesota reportedly wanted more, including a package of De Leon, Yadier Alvarez and Willie Calhoun at one point.
In the end, Los Angeles got its one-for-one from Tampa Bay. The Twins elected to keep the fan favorite Dozier, at least for the start of the 2017 season.
After so much back-and-forth, and with both sides matching up well, it’s a surprise no agreement was eventually reached. We talked to Brandon Warne of Cold Omaha to see the situation from the Twins’ point of view.
–1) Was Minnesota shopping Brian Dozier strictly as a sell high opportunity? Affordable for two prime seasons and a fan favorite, it seems he’d be more of a guy to build around.
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One for one was a ridiculous trade obviously in favor of the Dodgers.2 pitchers for Dozier might have worked but Blue was too stubborn. How did Minnesota go from second in division to one of the worst,