Could Brian Dozier be a fit in a Cardinals uniform? Twins second baseman could be on the move this off season and St. Louis could be a good fit. Dozier hit 42 homers, drove in 99 and had a .268 average in 2016, all career highs and outstanding power numbers for a 2nd baseman. St. Louis may need this type of player in the lineup after losing Matt Holiday and Brandon Moss to free agency, who combined for 48 home runs this season. The Cardinals would likely have to give up second baseman Kolten Wong who plays good defense but doesn’t excel at the plate, hitting .240 with 5 HR and 23 RBI. After signing a 5 year contract with the club he struggled at the big leagues and was sent down to Memphis and learned how to be an outfielder and worked on his approach at he plate. Coming back up again Wong showed flashes of brilliance but was never consistent enough to be an everyday starter, but a change of scenery may change that. Luke Weaver may also be in the mix, he may need more seasoning in Memphis before he is ready for the Bigs as he went 1-4 with a 5.70 ERA in his short stint with the Cardinals. Pitching prospect Austin Gomber could be apart of this trade too. Gomber went 6-8 at Palm Beach and 1-0 at Springfield, he has never had a season with an ERA over 3.00 and is looking promising. The Twins need to find a team that has some young talent that they are willing to trade and the Cards are a perfect fit. Along with the Jaime Garcia trade which sent him to the Braves for John Gant, Luke Dykstra and Chris Ellis, these minor leaguers could also be a key part of bringing Dozier to the Redbirds as Ellis is a young prospect (No. 24 in the Cardinals Organization) and Gant has some experience in the majors. The Twins need pitching if they plan to bounce back after finishing the season 59-103 which was good for the worst in baseball. The Cardinals lineup wouldn’t look to bad with Dozier in it either.
That could prove to be a powerful lineup. Other than the Fowler signing St. Louis hasn’t made any big moves that would help them catch the Cubs in the Central and wont any time soon unless they make some moves. Would this deal put St. Louis back at the top of the Central? No, but it would help them get a lot closer than 17.5 games back. It may cost St. Louis some prospects, and Cards GM John Mozeliak doesn’t like to send prospects away, but it would likely be worth it. The Twins don’t need Dozier at this time and both teams could benefit from this long shot trade.