Report: Twins asked Dodgers for 3 of top 5 prospects for Dozier

Anthony Gruppuso / Reuters

To a degree, it's now a little more understandable why the Los Angeles Dodgers weren't able to trade for Brian Dozier.

Over the course of talks between the Dodgers and Minnesota Twins, the narrative was always about how the Twins' asking price was far too high.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports shed some light on the situation, name-dropping some high-end talent the Twins wanted in return.

Minnesota wanted the Dodgers' top prospect, right-hander Jose De Leon, but that wasn't much of a secret. At one point, Morosi adds, they also wanted to include the now-third ranked prospect in the organization, second baseman Willie Calhoun, as well as the now-fourth ranked prospect, right-hander Yadier Alvarez.

While those names may not ring a bell, here's some perspective as to why the Dodgers refused to let them go.

Calhoun, 22, absolutely mashes baseballs. In 132 games at Double-A Tulsa last season, he belted 27 home runs, drove in 88 runs, and tacked on 25 doubles to his credit. Not only that, but he's shown patience at the plate, drawing 45 walks.

Alvarez is a 20-year-old right-hander out of Cuba with electric stuff. He has the ability to touch 100 mph with his fastball, and between Rookie League and Single-A last season, he had a 2.12 ERA, striking out 81 batters over 59 1/3 innings of work, while surrendering just 21 walks.

So to trade all those prospects for Dozier doesn't make sense. Instead, L.A. moved on and acquired just-as-capable second baseman Logan Forsythe from the Tampa Bay Rays in a straight-up deal for De Leon.

Report: Twins asked Dodgers for 3 of top 5 prospects for Dozier
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