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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.

 

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.”