HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WJTV) - Brian Dozier's offseason home is in Hattiesburg. Tuesday, he spent the afternoon with the Southern Miss baseball team as it gets ready for its season-opening series against Mississippi State.
The 30-year-old and former Southern Miss standout is in the final year of his 4-year, $20 million contract with Minnesota. He hit .271 with 34 home runs and 93 RBI in 2017.
Despite the numbers he's put up the last four seasons (127 HR's), he and the club haven't gotten far when it comes to a contract extension. Dozier doesn't have an optimistic outlook about staying with the Twins beyond this season.
"I'm a firm believer in you let everything play out," Dozier said. "I'm not a guy who puts too much pressure on where I wanna be in the future rather than take control of the present."
"My wife and I, we love it in Minnesota. The writing on the wall is kinda that this is our last year there but hopefully something might shake out here in the next few months when we have some talks down in spring training."
Dozier says he'll be in attendance for USM's series opener against Mississippi State Friday night but will leave for spring training Saturday. The Twins play their first exhibition game of the year a week from Friday.