With the Minnesota Twins stranded in the basement with a 55-92 record, the Twin City faithful have one thing to smile about. Second baseman Brian Dozier is having a remarkable season. Dozier totals 41 home runs, trailing only Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo, who leads the league with 42.
Since the All-Star break, Dozier has a slash line of .328/.381/.749 with 27 homers and 55 runs batted in. With 15 games remaining, the door remains open for Dozier to have one of the best second half performances in recent memory.
Dozier’s hot streak puts the Twins in a tricky situation come winter. Dozier will be 30 years old next May and is owed $18 million over the next three seasons. Minnesota is not likely to be good during that span, so they will have to think about dealing Dozier if the right offer is on the table.
The Twins are in desperate need of pitching, ahead of just the Arizona Diamondbacks for the worst team ERA at 5.14. Ervin Santana leads the team with a 3.53 ERA, which simply is not good enough, especially if the Twins want to contend in the coming years.
Before this season, Dozier has never batted over .244, which he did in 2013. He hit 27 home runs last year, which was his best before this year.
It is unclear whether Dozier will continue this production, given his shaky past. Which gives the Twins no excuses to turn down a deal for young, talented prospects.