July 31, 2018 09:35 PM
The Minnesota Twins have traded second baseman Brian Dozier to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN. KSTP Sports confirmed an agreement is in place. The deal comes less than an hour before baseball's non-waiver trade deadline.
Dozier, who's been a target of trade rumors the last few seasons, is in the last year of his contract. He's hitting .224 with 16 home runs this season.
He was an All-Star in 2015 and hit a career-high 42 home runs in 2016.
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According to the Twins' Communications and Player Relations representative, Dustin Morse, the Dodgers sent second baseman Logan Forsythe, minor league outfielder Luke Raley, and minor league left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer to the Twins.
Forsythe, 31, played in 70 games for the Dodgers this season, hitting .207 with 10 doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI, 17 walks and 18 runs scored. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound infielder has played parts of eight seasons at the major league level with San Diego, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Raley, 23, was drafted by the Dodgers in the seventh round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Lake Erie College. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound outfielder and first baseman played in 93 games for Double-A Tulsa this season, hitting .275 with 17 doubles, five triples, 17 home runs, 53 RBI, 65 runs scored, 24 walks and a .345 on-base percentage. In three seasons in the Dodgers' organization, the left-handed hitter batted .286 in 1,104 at-bats, with 52 doubles, 22 triples, 35 home runs, 139 RBI, 201 runs scored and a .360 on-base percentage. He was named to the California League All-Star team in 2017 and the Texas League All-Star team in 2018. In addition, he was ranked as the 19th best prospect in the Los Angeles organization by MLB.com and the 26th best prospect by Baseball America this past off-season.
Smeltzer, 22, was drafted by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida Gulf Coast University. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound left-hander pitched in 23 games (14 starts) for Double-A Tulsa this season, going 5-5 with a 4.73 ERA, 19 walks and 67 strikeouts. The New Jersey native has pitched three seasons in the Dodgers organization, going 12-14 with a 4.53 ERA, 55 walks and 238 strikeouts. He was recently named to the Texas League All-Star team.
Updated: July 31, 2018 09:35 PM
Created: July 31, 2018 02:40 PM
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