Dodgers remain ‘heavy favorites’ to acquire Brian Dozier, report says

The Dodgers and Twins have been playing cat and mouse for the better part of two months over second baseman Brian Dozier, but a conclusion could be imminent.

According to USA Today Sports, the Dodgers remain “heavy favorites” to acquire Dozier, but the Twins are holding out for more than just promising pitching prospect Jose De Leon.

“We are aware of an incident last night in which a fan reported being struck by a stray bullet that presumably originated from outside of the stadium,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “The fan was treated for an abrasion and a bruise on her arm at First Aid and released. She was interviewed by police who are investigating the matter.

“There is nothing more important than the safety of our fans, and the Cardinals are grateful that no one was seriously injured. We will be sharing more information with the media as further details emerge.”

Law enforcement officials said there was a report of shots fired at 14th Street and Chouteau Avenue, which is about a mile away from Busch Stadium on the other side of Interstate 64, around the time the woman was injured.

While having him in their organization was guaranteed to generate waves of publicity of a type not seen in minor league baseball since Michael Jordan’s cameo decades ago, there was also the matter of that inevitable circus detracting from their player-development mission.

The Mets, of course, were the team that decided to take that Cheap Jerseys With Numbers chance, and general manager Sandy Alderson explained why to Sports Illustrated as part of a lengthy piece on Tebow’s transition to baseball.

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