Alex Gordon and one player who needs to step up for each AL Central squad in 2017

The division could produce a World Series contender or two if some key players have big years.

The AL Central saw the Cleveland Indians advance to the World Series, only to lose Game 7 to the Chicago Cubs in excruciating fashion.

However, the Indians are poised to compete for another American League pennant in 2017 and the remaining four clubs will try their best to make the AL Central the most competitive division in baseball.

If these five players put together good seasons, the AL Central will be one of the most exciting divisions to watch this year: Continue reading “Alex Gordon and one player who needs to step up for each AL Central squad in 2017”

3 teams that need to make an offer for Brian Dozier

Minnesota Twins second baseman is available if teams are willing to pay a fair price.

The Minnesota Twins really want to move 2B Brian Dozier, but they’re not stupid. The team isn’t going to give up one of its best players without getting quite a haul in return.

However, Minnesota doesn’t want to wait much longer to make a deal — if a team wants Dozier, who had 42 home runs, 99 RBI and 18 steals in 2016, something needs to happen soon.

MLBTradeRumors.com reports that the Twins are asking interested teams to make their final offers for Dozier. If no decent offers come in, they’ll be more than happy to keep the slugger for the 2017 season.

That said, there are plenty of teams that should have interest in the powerful second baseman. Here’s a quick look at three squads that should consider making Minnesota an offer:

Los Angeles Dodgers: This one is a no-brainer. The Dodgers desperately need a second baseman to replace Chase Utley and they’re not going to find another player of Dozier’s caliber before the start of the season.

In addition to having the pocketbook to sign Dozier long-term, the Dodgers also have an enticing prospect in RHP Jose De Leon. If Los Angeles offers up another young prospect in a package with De Leon, this deal could get done quickly.

They’re the reported favorites to land Dozier and it would be somewhat surprising if he didn’t end up in Los Angeles in 2017.

Kansas City Royals: The Royals are only one year removed from winning the World Series, so there are plenty of pieces in place in Kansas City.

However, if the Royals want to make it back to the playoffs next season, adding a slugger like Dozier to the top of their batting order should be a top priority.

Unless the Royals are comfortable with the current Whit Merrifield/Cheslor Cuthbert situations at second base and DH, respectively, a deal with their AL Central rivals may be a good idea.

Philadelphia Phillies:┬áThe Phillies figure to be major players in the 2018 free agent market, but they’d be wise to start their rebuilding process a year early.

Current 2B Cesar Hernandez is a good player, but Dozier offers much more pop for a Phillies lineup that doesn’t have much proven power beyond 3B Maikel Franco.

Plus, in a ballpark like Philadelphia’s, Dozier could slug a few more homers next year.