Should you sell high on Dee Gordon?

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Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) circles the bases after hitting a two-run home run Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Sell high candidates:

Dee Gordon, Dodgers: Gordon is having a breakout season, but I seriously doubt he can keep up his .288 average.  And he is on pace to steal 87 bases.  Who was the last person to steal that many, you may ask?  You have to go all the way back to Rickey Henderson with the Yankees in 1988.  Which is the same year that Dee Gordon was born.  If you need steals, it might be wise to hang on to Gordon anyway.  He has 36 steals in 41 attempts so far, so I think he still ends up with 60 or so.  If you can spare the steals though, it makes sense to deal him.

Brian Dozier, Twins: Dozier is another young guy having a great season so far.  He has already matched last year’s total in stolen bases (14), and is almost there in home runs (he has 14 already).  That combination of power and speed is difficult to find, especially at a shallow position at second base.  So why am I skeptical?  Well, I’m a Twins fan, so it’s bred into you.  That and Dozier is still not bringing his batting average up with his other numbers.  He will still wind up with a breakout season, but I am guessing that he will have a hard time hitting that 20/20 plateau, and he won’t come near the 30/30 that he is on pace for.  If you can find someone willing to pay that price, I would let him go.

Emilio Bonifacio, Cubs: Bonifacio is flashing his greatest asset, which is his speed.  But none of his numbers jump off the page as unsustainable.  So why is here on here then?  Because someone will have to lose playing time to make room for Kris Bryant.  And that someone is likely Bonifacio with Luis Valbuena having a great season.  Valbuena will likely move to second base to make room for Bryant at third.  That means Bonifacio and Valbuena will have to battle for at-bats at second.  I want no part of that headache, so trade him while he still has value.  If you wait until he loses his job, you won’t get much.

Come back tomorrow for position 5, the third basemen!

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