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, the Minnesota Twins have reportedly traded star second baseman Brian Dozier to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, Los Angeles will send utility man Logan Forsythe, outfielder Luke Raley and left-hander Devin Smeltzer to Minnesota.The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes first reported a deal was close.The Twins were a surprise playoff team last season after winning just 59 games in 2016. They started this season with high expectations because of that postseason appearance and signing starting pitcher Lance Lynn and closer Addison Reed to shore up the pitching staff.Dozier has been a mainstay for the Twins since his MLB debut in 2012. The31-year-oldmade the All-Star team in 2015 and set an AL recordin 2016 by hitting 40 of his 42 homers while playing second base.From 2014 to 2017, Dozier ranked second among all second basemen with 18.8 FanGraphs wins above replacement. His offense has taken a step back this season with a.224/.305/.402 slash linefor a Twins team that has disappointed with a 49-56after making the postseason last year.With Dozier being in the final year of his contract, the Twins were forced to decide if they wanted to play out this season before trying to re-sign him or add long-term assets they can build around in the future.Dozier is not an old man and is still in the prime of his career. He has hit all over the lineup in the past, primarily leading off for the Twins http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-khris-davis-jersey
, so he gives Dodgers manager Dave Roberts more versatility in a lineup that also includes the newly acquired Manny Machadoand Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers got off to a slow start this season, so they needed to do something if they hoped to get back to the World Series. With Dozier's potent bat in their lineup, they have the depth to hold off the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants in the National League West. The Philadelphia Phillies (68-57) will try to end a three-game losing streak on Wednesday when they visit the Washington Nationals (63-63) as large road underdogs at the sportsbooks. The Phillies dropped the series opener to the Nationals 10-4 on Tuesday, with their bullpen getting blown up for nine runs over three innings.MLB betting line: The Nationals opened as -173 favorites (wager $173 to win $100); the total is at 8.5 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.5-1.6 Kendall Graveman Jersey
, Phillies (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Phillies can pay on the MLB linesPhiladelphia's relief pitchers cannot perform much worse than they did on Tuesday, and hopefully Zach Eflin (9-4, 3.70 ERA) can stay in the game longer than Vincent Velasquez did. Velasquez gave up just one run in the first four innings before the bullpen imploded, and Eflin has gone at least six innings in each of his previous three outings.The 24-year-old righty has earned two wins over that stretch, and the one loss in between them was actually a better effort than either victory with two runs allowed in six innings and eight strikeouts. If Eflin can pitch like that again, the Phillies can win. Why the Nationals can pay on the MLB linesWashington started a fire sale earlier on Tuesday and then responded with a nice victory http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-canseco-jersey
, perhaps motivated by the departures of Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams. Where the Nationals go from here remains to be seen, but they are back at the .500 mark and will see Stephen Strasburg (6-7, 3.90 ERA) go to the mound for the first time since July 20.Susan Walsh/Associated PressStrasburg surrendered six runs and eight hits in 4.2 innings of an 8-5 home loss to the Atlanta Braves in that last start and then proceeded to go on the disabled list with a neck injury. The extra rest should only benefit him in this spot, and he went 6-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 10 starts versus Philadelphia between 2015 and 2017.Smart betting pickAs great as Strasburg has been in the past, he has not been good in 2018. He has lost in each of his past three starts, so it is extremely difficult to trust him as such a big favorite. The betting value is on Eflin and the Phillies, who had won eight of the previous 12 meetings in the series before Tuesday http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-jed-lowrie-jersey
, according to the OddsShark MLB Database. MLB betting trendsThe total has gone over in five of Philadelphia's last seven games.Washington is 3-6 in its last nine games.The total has gone over in five of Washington's last six games at home.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.