The Yankees have not had discussions with the Twins about trading for 2B Brian Dozier, GM Brian Cashman said during an interview on MLB Network radio on Monday.
"I haven't had any dialogue with the Twins about Dozier," Cashman said. That's a false report."
Jon Heyman of FanRag reported earlier Monday that the Yankees had "checked in" with the Twins about Dozier, with the Dodgers also interested.
Dozier, 29, hit .268 with a .340 OBP and .546 SLG with 42 HR and 99 RBI in 155 games last season for the Twins.
He hit 18 home runs in 2013, followed by 23 in 2014, and 28 in 2015.
The Yankees are not in need of a second baseman, with Starlin Castro (under contract through 2019 with a club option for 2020) handling the keystone at the present time. Further, the Yankees would likely need to have a deal for Chase Headley in place before acquiring a new second baseman, which would allow a shift of Castro to third base.
Dozier, who is owed just $15 million over the next two seasons, is a fantastic bargain for a player who can hit 30-to-40 home runs per season, so the prospect cost would not be small.
In my view, if the Yankees are going to ship some of their top assets, it should be for high-end starting pitching, not necessarily a position that does not require a fix.