MLB Rumor Central: Dodgers willing to include De Leon in deal for Dozier?

Jose De Leon stuck out 111 batters in 86 1/3 innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City this year. Norm Hall/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Dodgers would be open to including top pitching prospect Jose De Leon in a trade for Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports, citing sources.

Rumor Central

The Twins and Dodgers are still talking about a deal for Dozier that would include De Leon and multiple pitching prospects, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden. Baseball Prospectus' Aaron Gleeman tweets that the two teams are bargaining about what would come with De Leon.

A trade for Dozier that includes De Leon would make sense for both teams. The Twins need young starting pitching, and the Dodgers need a second baseman. Plus, Dozier's value is at its peak, coming off a year in which he posted career highs in batting average (.268), OPS (.886), RBIs (99), and set a record for home runs in a season by an American League second baseman (42).

De Leon, a right-hander, went 7-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 16 starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City this year. The 24-year-old struck out 111 batters in 86 1/3 innings. He also made four starts at the major league level, going 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA.

Earlier this week, ESPN's Doug Padilla wrote that De Leon is "a commodity the Dodgers are reluctant to part with."

Dozier, 29, is guaranteed $15 million over the two years remaining on his current contract. He's set to be a free agent in 2019.

-- Alex Tekip