Dodgers continue to go all-in with trade for Brian Dozier

The Los Angeles Dodgers are determined to make up for last year’s failure in the World Series. The team continued to go all-in at the trade deadline, picking up second baseman Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

In return for Dozier, the Twins will receive Logan Forsythe, pitcher Devin Smeltzer and outfielder Luke Raley, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The 31-year-old Dozier is hitting .224/.305/.402, with 16 home runs, over 462 plate appearances in 2018. While Dozier’s numbers are down, the former All-Star gives the Dodgers an upgrade in the infield and allows the team to remain under the luxury tax moving forward.

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2B Ian Kinsler

Former team: Los Angeles Angels
New team: Boston Red Sox

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3B Manny Machado

Former team: Baltimore Orioles
New team: Los Angeles Dodgers

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RP Zach Britton

Former team: Baltimore Orioles
New team: New York Yankees

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

RP Jeurys Familia

Former team: New York Mets 
New team: Oakland Athletics

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SP Nathan Eovaldi

Former team: Tampa Bay Rays
New Team: Boston Red Sox

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SP J.A. Happ

Former team: Toronto Blue Jays
New team: New York Yankees

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INF Eduardo Escobar

Former team: Minnesota Twins
New team: Arizona Diamondbacks

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INF Asdrubal Cabrera

Former team: New York Mets
New team: Philadelphia Phillies

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C Martin Maldonado

Former team: Los Angeles Angels
New team: Houston Astros

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RP Roberto Osuna

Former team: Toronto Blue Jays
New team: Houston Astros

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

RP Jonny Venters

Former team: Tampa Bay Rays
New team: Atlanta Braves

(Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

RP Brad Hand

Former team: San Diego Padres
New team: Cleveland Indians

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INF Brandon Drury

Former team: New York Yankees
New team: Toronto Blue Jays

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RP Brad Brach

Former team: Baltimore Orioles
New team: Atlanta Braves

(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

RP Chasen Shreve

Former team: New York Yankees
New team: St. Louis Cardinals

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RP Joakim Soria

Former team: Chicago White Sox
New team: Milwaukee Brewers

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RP Seunghwan Oh

Former team: Toronto Blue Jays
New team: Colorado Rockies

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3B Mike Moustakas

Former team: Kansas City Royals
New team: Milwaukee Brewers

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INF Brett Phillips

Former team: Milwaukee Brewers
New team: Kansas City Royals

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SP Cole Hamels

Former team: Texas Rangers
New team: Chicago Cubs

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RP Eddie Butler

Former team: Chicago Cubs
New team: Texas Rangers

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RP Ken Giles

Former team: Houston Astros
New team: Toronto Blue Jays

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RP Adam Warren

Former team: New York Yankees
New team: Seattle Mariners

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RP Zach Duke

Former team: Minnesota Twins
New team: Seattle Mariners

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RP Lance Lynn

Former team: Minnesota Twins
New team: New York Yankees

(Photo byJesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)

C Wilson Ramos

Former team: Tampa Bay Rays
New team: Philadelphia Phillies

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RP Brad Ziegler

Former team: Miami Marlins
New team: Arizona Diamondbacks

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RP Ryan Pressly

Former team: Minnesota Twins
New team: Houston Astros

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

OF Tommy Pham

Former team: St. Louis Cardinals
New team: Tampa Rays

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OF Cameron Maybin

Former team: Miami Marlins
New team: Seattle Mariners

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SP Kevin Gausman

Former team: Baltimore Orioles
New team: Atlanta Braves

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

SP Chris Archer

Former team: Tampa Rays
New team: Pittsburgh Pirates

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2B Brian Dozier

Former team: Minnesota Twins
New team: Los Angeles Dodgers

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RP Brandon Kintzler

Former team: Washington Nationals
New team: Chicago Cubs

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RP Jake Diekman

Former team: Texas Rangers
New team: Arizona Diamondbacks

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RP Aaron Loup

Former team: Toronto Blue Jays
New team: Philadelphia Phillies

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2B Jonathan Schoop

Former team: Baltimore Orioles
New team: Milwaukee Brewers

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

RP Darren O'Day

Former team: Baltimore Orioles
New team: Atlanta Braves

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

RP John Axford

Former team: Toronto Blue Jays
New team: Los Angeles Dodgers

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

RP Keone Kela

Former team: Texas Rangers
New team: Pittsburgh Pirates

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SP Tyler Glasnow

Former team: Pittsburgh Pirates
New team: Texas Rangers

(Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

OF Scott Schebler

Former team: Cincinnati Reds
New team: Atlanta Braves

(Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)

SP Matt Wisler

Former team: Atlanta Braves
New team: Cincinnati Reds

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OF Preston Tucker

Former team: Atlanta Braves
New team: Cincinnati Reds

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SP Lucas Sims

Former team: Atlanta Braves
New team: Cincinnati Reds

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What does the Brian Dozier trade do for the Dodgers?

It gives them a solid player at second base. While Max Muncy has broken out in 2018, there’s no guarantee that will continue in the second half. Since the All-Star Game, Muncy has hit .195 in 11 games. That’s a small sample, but it highlights the fear of relying on a surprising breakout like Muncy the entire year. The magic could run out at any time.

Dozier is predictable and established at second. While he hasn’t been a high average hitter, he can provide solid pop at the position. He also has years of experience at second base. Muncy hasn’t played much at that position, so the Dodgers may have taken defense into consideration with the move.

The deal also confirms the Dodgers are trying their best to deliver a World Series in 2018. Dozier didn’t have to be a priority for them, but he makes the team better. Combine him with Manny Machado, and it’s clear the Dodgers want to get over last year’s disappointment of losing Game 7 to the Houston Astros. Just after acquiring Dozier, the team also announced a deal for reliever John Axford, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

All three of those players will be free agents at the end of the season, so the Dodgers’ focus is definitely short-term right now.

What does the Brian Dozier trade do for the Twins?

Bringing in Logan Forsythe was just a matter of offsetting the cost for the Dodgers. The real value in the deal for Minnesota is Raley and Smeltzer. The two aren’t huge names, though. Raley rated at the Dodgers’ No. 26 prospect coming into the season according to Baseball America. He’s hit .275/.345/.477 in 2018. Smeltzer did not rank among the team’s top-30 prospects according to BA. He’s posted a 4.73 ERA over 83 2/3 innings.

The Twins were going to lose Dozier to free agency at the end of the season anyway, so at least the team got something for him before he left.

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