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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.

Rangers don’t plan to make qualifying offer to Adrián Beltré

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Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he doesn’t expect the club to make a $17.9 million qualifying offer to free agent third baseman Adrián Beltré, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports. Daniels has been in touch with the 39-year-old, who may retire.

Beltré battled hip and hamstring issues throughout the past season, limiting him to 119 games. He hit .273/.328/.434 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI in 481 plate appearances. Going by adjusted OPS, his mark of 98 — 100 is average — was his lowest in a season since 2009 with the Mariners. Beltré’s career average is 116 and he put up a 132 in 2017 and 128 in ’16.

Beltré appears to have some stuff left in the tank. He may not be an All-Star-caliber player anymore, but he can still hit at an average level and he is still an above-average defender. It’s just a matter of his body holding up to allow him to do what he needs to do. If Beltré does decide to re-up with the Rangers for 2019, the club will be prepared to move Isiah Kiner-Falefa or Jurickson Profar over to the hot corner as they did in 2018 in the event Beltré gets bitten by the injury bug.