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The Braves are a “stealth landing spot” for Brian Dozier

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While they seem like a basic part of our world now, years and years ago, back when the earth was young, there were no trade rumors about Brian Dozier. It’s hard to picture that world, but carbon dating and ice core samples have established it as fact.

In our current world, Brian Dozier rumors continue on, unabated. The latest:

The Dodgers have long been seen as the most likely landing spot for the Twins second baseman. They have the need and, while their system is not quite as stocked as the Braves, they have plenty of prospects they could deal to the Twins.

The Braves, though, have been said to be interested in Dozier in the past. While they signed Sean Rodriguez this offseason and while second base is probably his best defensive position, Rodriguez can play all over the field and likely will be used as a super utilityman in Atlanta, spelling Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis at the outfield corners, playing a good bit of third base and covering at short if he has to. Dozier and Rodriguez could fit together on this roster.

Dozier, 29, hit .268/.340/.546 with 42 homers and 99 RBI over 691 plate appearances in 2016. If the Braves were to land him it would be latest big move in an offseason that has been surprisingly transformational for the rebuilding club.

 

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.