Twins working on a contract extension with Brian Dozier

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Brian Dozier had a quasi-breakout season last year, hitting .242 with 23 homers, 21 steals, 89 walks, and a .762 OPS in 156 games to rank among MLB’s top all-around second basemen. And now the Twins are working to sign him to a contract extension.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the two sides are “making solid progress” on a deal and “it’s at least close” to being done.

Dozier is making the minimum salary for this season and would then be under team control via arbitration for 2016-2018, so any contract extension buying out at least one season of his free agency would have to be at least five seasons in length.

Because he was a college draft pick who moved relatively slowly through the minors as a mediocre prospect Dozier is just two months shy of his 28th birthday. Minnesota already has him under team control through age 31 and Dozier, while very good, is hardly an elite-level player with a lengthy track record of excellence, so committing guaranteed money to keep him for age 32 and beyond definitely carries some risk.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”