Dodgers get Dozier from Twins for Forsythe

Shane Bieber delivers against the Twins during the first inning July 30 in Minneapolis

Shane Bieber delivers against the Twins during the first inning July 30 in Minneapolis. Stacy Bengs — Associated Press

By 2012 he had become the Twins' regular shortstop, but a disappointing first half and defensive struggles led to his transition to second base after the season.

Twins first baseman Joe Mauer, who said he was never approached about waiving his no-trade clause, spoke for an emotional clubhouse that had suffered deep losses in recent days.

Two offseasons ago, coming of a record-setting season, Dozier, 31, was dangled in trade talks by the newly hired front office.

Austin, 26, has 15 home runs and a.459 slugging percentage in just 244 big-league at-bats, but he also will be out of minor-league options next spring.

The right-handed Eveld, 24, has a 1.11 ERA in 35 games in the minor leagues this season. The Dodgers went all in by acquiring Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado during the All-Star break for five prospects. He was ranked No. 19 in the Dodgers system by MLB.com due to an assortment of average or better tools. Raley, 23, joins 2017 draftee Brent Rooker at that level to give the Twins two potential impact bats with similar profiles.

Dozier has experienced a slight decline in Minnesota this season, but the second baseman still has power in his bat, as he now has 16 homers and 52 RBI.

Forsythe is in his eighth season in the pros. The former All-Star has spent his entire seven-year career with the Twins. Dozier has always been historically slow to begin seasons and it appears his patented hot streak could be on the horizon as he has hit.248/.310/.455 with 5 home runs in the month of July.

He wrote: "So, yeah, Dozier was sacked up to join the Dodgers, so much so he said "excited" or "exciting" four times within the first 70 seconds of his conversation with reporters after Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers".

In the short-term, Dozier will help fill in for a Dodgers infield which is missing both Corey Seager (out for the season) and Justin Turner.

The AL-Central-leading Indians have been pursuing an outfielder for weeks and pulled off the deal just hours before Tuesday's non-waiver deadline.

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