Former Beloit Snappers SS Brian Dozier has agreed to a 4-year, $20 million deal with the Minnesota Twins, covering what would have been his arbitration-eligible years but not delaying his possible free agency after the 2018 season.
Dozier, the Twins’ starting second baseman the past two seasons, seems interested in signing a long-term contract with the team, according to this Associated Press report. He turns 28 in May.
Dozier batted .241 with 47 HR, 170 RBI and 44 SB in 387 games with the Twins the past three seasons. He played shortstop in 2012, his rookie season.
He played part of the 2010 season with the Snappers, batting .278 with 17 RBI in 39 games.
Thorpe may need TJ surgery
Twins LHP prospect Lewis Thorpe is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on his throwing elbow this week after leaving his most recent outing with elbow pain. The 19-year-old may need Tommy John surgery, depending on what the exam shows.
Thorpe pitched for the Cedar Rapids Kernels last year, going 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 71.2 IP/16 starts during the regular season. He was shut down for the Midwest League playoffs last September after being diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow.
“Just another one of those deals,” Twins GM Terry Ryan told the Pioneer Press. “I hope it’s not as serious as it might be. You never know about those things. This has been going on for awhile. We took a very cautious approach. We thought we had this thing under control. He threw the other day and threw well, so now it’s resurfaced again and that’s not good.”
Honeywell’s screwball coming to BG?
Jake Seiner profiled Tampa Bay Rays RHP prospect Brent Honeywell and his screwball pitch for MiLB.com yesterday. It’s a good read.
Seiner noted that Honeywell is preparing to break camp with the Bowling Green Hot Rods. I’ll definitely try to see him pitch if I can — it’s not often a prospect boasts a screwball among his repertoire.
Honeywell pitched for the short-season Princeton Rays last year. He went 2-1 with a 1.07 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 33.2 IP. He turns 20 on March 31.
Reds trade Soto to White Sox
The Cincinnati Reds traded infielder Neftali Soto to the Chicago White Sox for cash Monday.
Soto played for the Dayton Dragons in 2008, batting .326 with 7 HR and 36 RBI in 52 games. He made his major-league debut for the Reds in 2013 and has appeared in 34 big-league games.