With the trade deadline just three days away, rumors are flying all across baseball as to what teams will do to either make a push towards the postseason or selling off their top players to start rebuilding.
The Cleveland Indians are obviously looking to upgrade as they make a push towards their third straight division title and postseason appearance.
The most recent rumor involves Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier
The Indians have been linked to many different position players over the last few weeks including Orioles’ outfielder Adam Jones, Rangers’ outfielder Joey Gallo among others.
The team was also linked to former Indian Asdrubal Cabrera but he has since been dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Dozier is obviously an interesting name linked to the Indians as Jason Kipnis is currently occupying that position and his performance had been improving during the month of June hitting .266 with 4 home runs and 11 RBIs but his average has dropped back down to .230 for the month of July.
Minnesota currently sits eight games behind the Indians in the Central Division but it seems as though they’re starting to reset as they have no shot at a Wild Card berth. On Friday they dealt shortstop Eduardo Escobar to the Arizona Diamondbacks and relief pitcher Ryan Pressly to the Houston Astros.
Dozier vented his frustration after the Twins’ game Friday night
He could be the next Twin dealt by Tuesday’s trade deadline as he will be a free agent after this season and will likely leave Minnesota.
The 31-year-old second baseman is a career .248 hitter with 167 home runs, 490 runs batted in and 97 stolen bases over his seven-year major league career.
This season his average is a career worst .226 but he’s hit 16 home runs and driven in 51 runs in 101 games played (450 plate appearances). He’s been one of the best power hitting second baseman in baseball over his career with four consecutive seasons of 23 home runs or more and could make it five consecutive seasons with seven more home runs.
The Indians are obviously looking for more offense in any form although they’re averaging 5.17 runs per game which is 2nd best in all of baseball and hitting .258 which is 4th best in all of baseball.
If the Indians were to acquire Dozier, he would likely take Kipnis’ spot at second base which would allow the team to potentially move Kipnis to centerfield which they did during the 11 final regular season games and postseason last year.