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Twins Hot Stove: Dodgers still in on Dozier, possible Twins targets, and more

Big re-signings aren’t slowing down the Dodgers, the names of some possible Twins targets, and other minor notes.

Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers
This is Brock Stewart. The Twins are reportedly interested in him.
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There haven’t been many free agent or trade rumors concerning the Twins out there since the end of the Winter Meetings last week, but it hasn’t been completely silent either.

Here’s what we’ve heard:

  • Despite re-signing both Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner to big contracts ($80 million for five years and $64 million for four years, respectively), the Dodgers are still interested in trading for Brian Dozier as well. This is because a.) Dozier is on a cheap, team-friendly contract, and b.) the Dodgers are rich as #^@% anyway.
  • Speaking of the Dodgers, the Twins are interested in their RHP Brock Stewart, a 6th round pick in the 2014 draft, according to Mike Berardino. Stewart was named the Dodgers’ minor league pitcher of the year last season, posting a 1.79 ERA over 121 combined innings pitched between High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A. He also made his major league debut last June, and ended up appearing in seven games for the Dodgers over the rest of the season.
  • The Twins are also reportedly interested in free agent pitcher Clayton Richard. Richard, who debuted with the White Sox in 2008, was a reliever for the Cubs last year before he sucked so bad they released him. Richard then signed with the Padres and was actually pretty successful, posting a 2.52 ERA over nine starts. He’d probably be a pretty low-cost, low-risk option for the Twins to check out.
  • Dan Rohlfing fans rejoice: He’s back with the Twins! (In case you missed it, Rohlfing was traded to the Mets in 2015, and spent 2016 in the DBacks’ system.)
  • Speaking of old friends, former Twins reliever Jared Burton is looking to make a comeback! He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014. Why? Well, he pitched 16 innings in the minors in 2015 and then was suspended for the first 50 games of 2016 because he tested positive for a “drug of abuse” (meaning like a drug, drug, not a PED). Jared is 35 now, and hopefully past his experimental drug phase?