The New York Yankees have reportedly checked in on Minnesota Twins all-star second baseman Brian Dozier.
Heyman reports that Minnesota has been shopping around their slugging second baseman and New York’s interest is present, yet unknown.
In 155 games in 2016, Dozier slashed .268/.340/.546 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI’s while recording three defensive runs saved with his glove.
According to Baseball reference’s Play Index, the 29-year old is one of just three second baseman in history to hit at least 42 home runs in a single season. Davey Johnson (1973) and Rogers Hornsby (1922) were the only others.
Although the Bombers have Starlin Castro, who became the fourth Yankees’ second baseman in history to hit more than 20 home runs in a season, at the position, one could wonder if a trade involving Chase Headley would make way for Castro to shift to third and open the door for Dozier’s game-changing bat.
However, Dozier will become a free agent by 2019 and with stud prospect, Gleyber Torres packing an MLB estimated time of arrival of 2018, there seems to be no fit.
Then again, last season the expectation was that Rob Refsnyder and Dustin Ackley would platoon the position. That of course, until the unexpected arrival of Castro happened. Point: random things happen, it’s the offseason.
Other than that inadequate speculation, nothing else is known at this time. Tune into ESNY for the latest buzz, rumors or breaking news as this year’s offseason progresses.