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Twins sign Brian Dozier to four-year contract

Minnesota's emerging second baseman has been rewarded for his performance.

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After a couple of weeks of nothing happening, the Minnesota Twins have pulled the trigger and have extended Brian Dozier a four-year, $20 million dollar contract. He'll be under contract through 2018, which is the same number of years that the Twins would have had him under team control.

The details, as you can see above, translate into a pretty nice deal for both Dozier and the Twins. Dozier will make $2 million this season, a year in which he very well could have made a quarter of that total since he is still a pre-arbitration player. But in return, the Twins lock up their second baseman in years three and four on relatively decent terms provided he stays productive.

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018
Pre-Contract Status Pre-arbitraion Arb 1 Arb 2 Arb 3
Salary $2,000,000 $3,000,000 $6,000,000 $9,000,000
Age 28 29 30 31

Dozier has emerged as one of the game's best second baseman over the last two years, hitting 41 home runs and stealing 35 bases in that time and accumulating 7.4 fWAR. His new deal pays him through his age-31 season.