The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday acquired second baseman Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for infielder Logan Forsythe and minor leaguers Luke Raley and Devin Smeltzer, as well as right-handed pitcher John Axford from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor leaguer right-hander Corey Copping.
Dozier, 31, appeared in 104 games with the Twins this season batting .224 with 21 doubles, 16 home runs and 52 RBI. The Mississippi native ranked among Major League second baseman in runs (65, 2nd), hits (92, 7th), doubles (T-8th), home runs (5th), RBI (52, 6th), stolen bases (8, 11th) and walks (46, 2nd). An All-Star in 2015 and a Gold Glove winner at second base in 2017, Dozier has a .248 career batting average with 202 doubles, 167 home runs and 491 RBI along with a .772 OPS in 955 games over his seven big league seasons with the Twins.
Axford, 35, appeared in 45 games (one start) for the Blue Jays this season, going 4-1 with a 4.41 ERA (25 ER/51.0 IP) and has held hitters to a .234 average. The Simcoe, Canada native has been strong against left-handed hitters this season, limiting the opposition to a .147 average (10-for-68). Axford has gone 38-34 with 144 saves and has posted a 3.78 ERA in 538 career games (one start) with the Brewers (2009-13), Cardinals (2013), Indians (2014), Pirates (2014), Rockies (2015), Athletics (2016-17) and Blue Jays (2018).