MLB Winter Meetings Hot Stove Rumors: Yankees 'checked in' on Brian Dozier
The Yankees appear to be an odd fit, but it makes sense
Predictably, given Dozier's attractiveness, there are plenty of teams interested -- including, potentially one surprise. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the New York Yankees have "checked in" on Dozier:
The Minnesota Twins have made no secret about their willingness to trade star second baseman Brian Dozier, and one team emerging as a possibly-interested partner is the New York Yankees. While their level of interest is unknown, they have checked in on the slugging second baseman.
The Yankees' interest is unexpected, albeit not shocking. While the Yankees traded for Starlin Castro last winter -- and while they have multiple middle infield prospects, meaning they likely have their future answer at the keystone already in their possession -- none of the options are as intriguing in the short term as Dozier. Whether that signals that the Yankees are leaning toward trying to compete, rather than full-on rebuild in 2017, is unclear. The Yankees had spent the past half year rebuilding with an eye on improving their farm system.
Dozier is coming off a banner season, in which he homered 42 times and tallied a .268/.340/.546 slash line. Add in his favorable contract status -- he's set to make $15 million over the next two years -- and you can understand why teams, including those who aren't obvious fits on paper are interested.
Heyman notes the Los Angeles Dodgers have also expressed interest. Unlike the Yankees, you would suspect as much. The Dodgers traded Howie Kendrick earlier in the winter, and have yet to re-sign free agent Chase Utley.
No matter the team in question, Dozier represents the best available second baseman.