Adding another veteran bat along side Howie Kendrick could create a formidable line-up for the Phillies heading into 2017. Dozier hit .268 with a career-high 42 home runs for Minnesota last season, and was an MVP candidate down the stretch.
Dozier would add a proven power bat into the middle of Philadelphia’s line-up, which is currently lacking that trait. Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph are projected to be the power catalysts for next season, combining to hit 46 home runs this season.
The 29-year-old second baseman is entering the third year of a four year deal with the Twins, and is owed $6 million this season. Next year he is slated to make $9 million, but could become a trade chip once again should the Phillies acquire him.
Any trade involving a second baseman would almost certainly involve Cesar Hernandez, whose name has been rumored to be on the trade block. With Scott Kingery playing well in the minor leagues, Hernandez becomes extendable for a young Phillies team.
At face value this trade does not sound like one Matt Klentak would make. However, he does have a history of trading young talent while with the Phillies. Ken Giles was sent to Houston last year for a package of prospects, but that is much different than acquiring a 40 home run hitter.
Klentak would almost certainly have to include another prospect along with Hernandez for Dozier. Carlos Tocci was left off the 40-man roster once again, and could be the odd-man out of the future Phillies outfield. A less-publicized prospect could also be moved in this type of deal.
Dozier has never played in Citizens Bank Park after spending his first five seasons in the American League. Nearly all of his home runs last season went to left field, a potential advantage in The Bank.