The Minnesota Twins and second baseman Brian Dozier are currently making progress on a contract extension according to the Pioneer Press.
Dozier is scheduled to be arbitration eligible for the first time after the 2015 season and it is expected that this deal will cover all three years and possibly more. The two sides are reportedly close to an agreement.
An extension with a pay raise would be well earned for the 27-year old Dozier who proved to be one of the best hitting second baseman in 2014. He tied for first among second baseman in home runs (23) last season and he was second among the group in extra base hits (57). The slugger was also second league wide in runs scored (112) last year and was strong on the base paths, stealing 21 bags. This was just building off a breakout season in 2013 where he was fourth in the American League in extra base hits after the All-Star break, when he became an everyday player.
Dozier was selected by Minnesota in the eighth round of the 2009 draft after a stellar career at Southern Mississippi. He flew up through the franchise’s farm system and was named Twins Minor League Player of the Year in 2011 before making his big league debut the next season.
The Twins did finish fifth in the American League Central last season but have rewarded the players who stood out for them and Dozier would just be another name on that list. All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki received a two-year extension last July and 2015 Opening Day starter Phil Hughes also got an extension this offseason after a strong 2014 campaign. This trend isn’t a new one, as All-Star closer Glen Perkins even got a four year extension right before last season began.