Los Angeles made a trade for Brian Dozier to fortify their offense down the stretch and into the playoffs.
"Knowing as you get later in the season, and particularly in September when teams can start game planning and stacking their rotation a certain way, they think you have a weakness against a certain side", Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said.
Dozier is batting just.224 but has 16 home runs and 52 RBIs this season. Dozier has always been historically slow to begin seasons and it appears his patented hot streak could be on the horizon as he has hit.248/.310/.455 with 5 home runs in the month of July.
The Twins also had the option of keeping Dozier through season's end and making a qualifying offer - expected to be in the range of $18 million - in November. Not to mention this now sets up an National League West showdown between Dozier and former teammate Eduardo Escobar.
Los Angeles is sending Logan Forsythe to Minnesota, along with prospects Devin Smeltzer and Lucas Raley, per Joel Sherman.
Though the 31-year-old Dozier's production has dropped off this year, he has 161 home runs in six seasons as a regular in the lineup. Offseason talks on a contract extension went nowhere, and Dozier struggled through his worst offensive season since his rookie year despite missing just one game. Forsythe's inclusion in the deal is likely to make the money work and he also allows the Twins to keep Nick Gordon at Triple-A until he is absolutely ready to see major league action. Raley is now playing at the Double-A level and has hit.275/.345/.477 and has a.822 OPS with 17 home runs.
The Twins also get Double-A first baseman/outfielder Luke Raley, rated the 19th-best prospect in a deep Dodgers system by MLB.com's Prospect Pipeline. Though he's in his age-31 season, he hasn't performed since being traded to the Dodgers prior to the 2017 season.
Archer, a two-time All-Star, is 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts this season for the Rays.