Twins would like Dozier to play winter ball

Twins would like Dozier to play winter ball

CHICAGO -- Minnesota's expected addition of infielder Eduardo Escobar on Tuesday means shortstop Brian Dozier will not rejoin the Twins this season.

Dozier, 25, struggled in the Majors, hitting .234 in 84 games before being demoted to Triple-A Rochester. His struggles have continued there, as he's batted only .205 in his last 10 games.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said reports have been that Dozier's swing is "still inconsistent," though he said just because Dozier isn't rejoining the Twins this season doesn't mean he's out of their plans.

"I like the young guy. I like the way he goes about his business, I think he's got a bright future," Gardenhire said. "I think he's going to be a part of our future, a big part of our future."

As for Dozier's immediate future, Gardenhire and general manager Terry Ryan each hope it includes winter ball, though nothing has yet been set.

"I haven't talked to Dozier about winter ball yet," Ryan said. "That's one of those you'd like to have the player come to you. I think that would be a beneficial piece to his season, but that's up to the player."