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Report: Twins still waiting for trade offers on Brian Dozier

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If you want Brian Dozier, now’s the time to make your pitch. At least, that’s the message the Twins appear to be sending to the second baseman’s suitors this week. La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the club’s patience is wearing thin, and a source says that if a deal can’t be worked out during the next few days, the team will prepare to keep him on board for the 2017 season.

The 29-year-old hit his stride in Minnesota during 2016, turning in career-best numbers with a .268/.340/.546 batting line, 42 homers and 99 RBI over 691 PA. Dozier has incurred plenty of interest from teams this offseason, including the Giants, Cardinals and Nationals. The Dodgers appeared to be frontrunners for the infielder, though negotiations stalled earlier this month after their proposed one-to-one swap for pitching prospect Jose De Leon underwhelmed Minnesota brass, who were seeking at least one more prospect for Dozier.

The Twins seem unlikely to budge on their desired return package for the star second baseman, which makes it hard to believe that a trade will be pushed through anytime soon. Per Neal’s report, had the club been open to a one-to-one trade at any point this offseason, it would already have happened by now.

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.