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23.04.2019 04:42
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LOS ANGELES (AP)dition to their infield Corey Dickerson Jersey , acquiring power-hitting second baseman Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday for infielder Logan Forsythe and two minor leaguers shortly before the trade deadline.Dozier departed Target Field soon after the deal was done in the afternoon, aiming to take advantage of the two-hour time zone difference and was on the Dodgers’ bench by the eighth inning of a quick 2-hour, 17-minute game.Dozier was available to play but did not see action in the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.”It came down to the last minute and I knew something was probably brewing up from just hearsay, obviously,” Dozier said. ”But when I found out it was the Dodgers, it was very exciting.”The Dodgers, who went all in by acquiring Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado during the All-Star break for five prospects, had a need for an established right-handed hitter. Their lineup has been in flux, with Arizona and Colorado right on their heels.”Knowing as you get later in the season, and particularly in September when teams can start game planning and stacking their rotation a certain way, they think you have a weakness against a certain side,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said. ”To bring in a right-handed bat that has success against lefties, we think, gives our lineup and our overall roster really good balance.”Dozier was the fifth player traded by the Twins in the last five days. Signaling the front office’s shift in focus to the future amid a disappointing season, Dozier followed starting pitcher Lance Lynn, relief pitchers Zach Duke and Ryan Pressly and infielder Eduardo Escobar out the door. The Twins received a total of 12 players in return, with Forsythe the only current major leaguer. For Dozier, they received outfielder Luke Raley and left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer.”We ultimately made some difficult decisions, some hard choices, to trade away players that we think would help us in the next few months for a great deal of talent that would help us in the future Austin Meadows Jersey ,” chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. ”I feel good about that.”The 23-year-old Raley was hitting .275 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs at Double-A. The 22-year-old Smeltzer was 5-5 with a 4.73 ERA at Double-A.Though the 31-year-old Dozier’s production has dropped off this year, he has 161 home runs in six seasons as a regular in the lineup. In 2016, Dozier went deep 42 times, becoming only the fourth player in major league history to hit 40 or more home runs while playing second base. Dozier is batting .224 with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs this season, with a .708 on-base-plus-slugging percentage that’s his lowest since he was a rookie in 2012.”It’s disappointing on a lot of levels, but I understand it’s a business, and I don’t like to say that, but it really is when things like this happen,” said first baseman Joe Mauer, who said he was not approached about waiving his no-trade clause.Dozier, who is making $9 million this year, will be a free agent in the fall. He was drafted in the eighth round by the Twins in 2009.”Brian’s brand here in Minnesota, I don’t know if you can get much better than that,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ”Everything that he’s done for the community and the way that he’s played the game, he’s set a great example for our young guys throughout, and you’re going to miss a guy like that.”After the Twins lost a team-record 103 games in 2016, the Dodgers pursued Dozier that winter but settled for Forsythe in a trade with Tampa Bay instead. The Twins went on to make the playoffs, and the Dodgers were the National League champions.”It has been going on for a couple of years,” Dozier said about the trade. ”I remember back in 2016 in the offseason all the talks and it ended up falling through. So I had heard a lot of good things about (president of baseball operations) Andrew (Friedman).”Forsythe, though Colin Moran Jersey , has not panned out in Los Angeles. The 31-year-old, who has played second base, third base and first base this season and took some turns at shortstop and left field in 2017, hit .218 with just eight home runs, 49 RBIs and a .639 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 189 games with the Dodgers. Forsythe will also be a free agent in the fall.Dozier, who has never been on the disabled list and averaged 153 games played over the past five seasons, likely won’t be an everyday player with the Dodgers. Enrique Hernandez, Max Muncy and Chase Utley have also played second base, and third baseman Justin Turner is due back from injury soon to give Roberts another player who’ll figure in down the stretch.”We have a lot of good players that I feel that we still need to keep them involved, but to have him on our roster certainly makes us better,” manager Dave Roberts said, adding: ”Competition is always a good thing, but I think we do a pretty good job of keeping guys involved.”—AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis contributed to this report.— Adrian Beltre was back in Texas, still with the Rangers on Wednesday after a road trip that ended on the same day as the non-waiver trade deadline.That doesn’t necessarily mean that baseball’s active career hits leader will finish this season, the last on his contract and maybe the last of his Hall of Fame-caliber career, with the last-place Rangers.The possibility remains that, in the right situation, Beltre could get dealt to a contending team in August for a shot at finally winning a World Series title.”More or less knowing where I’m going to be for the next – who knows,” Beltre said after the non-waiver deadline passed Tuesday when the Rangers were in Arizona. ”I cannot sit here and say 100 percent I’m going to finish the season here, which I’d be happy to do. But you never know what comes up.”Beltre David Freese Jersey , 39 and in his 21st big league season, has been to the World Series only once . That was in 2011, his first season in Texas.Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was in constant contact with the Beltre in the weeks leading up to the non-waiver deadline, letting the veteran third baseman know when other teams inquired about him. Beltre, who could veto any trade, also gave the GM some feedback on the teams that made sense to him and why.”If he was going to go somewhere, it was going to be somewhere he could win, but also somewhere he could play and contribute,” Daniels said. ”He didn’t want to be a cheerleader. He was very clear about that. He also was very clear that he didn’t want to go somewhere that would lead us to not getting a good deal.”Beltre, who described the last couple of weeks as ”a lot of thinking” and ”wait and see,” said nothing got close enough for him to have to make a decision. He said there weren’t many teams willing to meet his requirements.”I didn’t want to be a bench player, and it didn’t work out,” Beltre said, not identifying any potential teams.The Rangers, who swept three games at defending World Series champion Houston before splitting two interleague games in Arizona, had a day off Wednesday before starting a seven-game homestand. They play four games against Baltimore, the opponent when Beltre got his 3,000th career hit last year, and three against Seattle, one of his former teams.Beltre http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey , a four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner, is a .287 career hitter with 3,127 hits and 467 homers. His average this season is the same, .287, with five homers and 33 RBIs in 75 games that include 21 starts as the designated hitter.Like pretty much all Texas players, Beltre will be put through trade waivers this month. If Beltre is claimed by another team, the Rangers would have two days to work out a deal or pull back the waiver claim. If he clears waivers, a deal could be made with any club.Daniels said he would keep an open communication with Beltre like he has throughout the process.Beltre has indicated that if he plays another season, he’d like to finish his career with the Rangers. When Daniels was asked if he expected Beltre to play again next year, he said he didn’t know.”I don’t know that he knows,” the GM said. ”What he’s told us is very similar to what he said publicly, which is he’s going to digest everything, go home and be with his family, see how his body feels in the winter.”I don’t know if that’s November, December, January,” Daniels said. ”I don’t know what exactly the timeline is, and I don’t think it’s really fair of us to ask him right now.”—

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