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Giants have interest in Twins’ 2B Brian Dozier

It’s just a rumor, but it’s a whopper.

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The Twins’ beat writer, Mike Berardino, reports that the Giants have interest in the power-hitting second baseman Brian Dozier.

Dozier is 31 and in the final year of a 4-year, $20 million deal. His OPS+ is an underwhelming 94 but his 16 home runs would lead the Giants. He hit 76 home runs combined in 2016 & 2017, which is 70 more than the Giants hit as a team over that same span (do not fact check this).

The Giants are in desperate need of offense, but in order to get Dozier and stay under that pesky CBT threshold, they’d have to give up a lot in order to have Minnesota pay the balance.

It’s tricky. Give up a heap of prospects to get a guy who will probably walk at season’s end and regain at least one pick by making a Qualifying Offer to Andrew McCutchen or do nothing.

Dozier’s power potential represents an upgrade over Joe Panik and most of the rest of the lineup. That’s good news and bad news, when you think about it, and if this winds up being their key deadline move, it’s doubtful it moves the needle very much over the final 50 or so games.