The New York Mets have “had talks regarding Brian Dozier,” according to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports. Despite the rumor, Heyman adds that other teams—including the Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies—are more logical fits for the second baseman’s services, especially considering the Mets’ acquisition of Robinson Cano in a trade earlier this offseason.
Dozier played his first six-and-a-half seasons with the Minnesota Twins, where he hit .248/.325/.447 with 167 home runs and a 109 OPS+ in 955 games. The 31-year-old was named to the American League All Star team in 2015 and won a Gold Glove award in 2017. Statistically, his best season came in 2016, when he posted career-bests in wRC+ (132), ISO (.278), OPS (.886), and fWAR (6.2).
His 2018 season was a letdown, as he posted a .712 OPS and a 92 wRC+ in 104 games before being dealt to the eventual National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. His numbers further declined in Los Angeles, as he finished with a .650 OPS and an 83 wRC+ in 47 games there. In 11 postseason games, he registered two singles and knocked in two runs in 16 at-bats.