Twins-Brian Dozier extension talks break down, report says

A multiyear contract extension between the Twins and Dozier before he hits the free-agent market next offseason is "dead."

Second baseman Brian Dozier's time with the Twins could soon be coming to an end after the 2018 season.

A multiyear contract extension between the All-Star and Twins before he hits the free-agent market next offseason is "dead," according to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources. The report also notes second baseman doesn't plan to discuss the matter during the season.

Earlier this month Dozier suggested he was prepared to enter the season without an extension and acknowledged he has had no discussions with the front office.

"I don't want to touch too much on this, it's the thing that gets asked all the time, but at the same time, I will be a free agent this fall," Dozier said, via the Star Tribune. That's the bottom line. You can only say you want to be here so much, and nothing gets done. That's just the way it is. I understand everything. At the same time, you're six months away from free agency. That's intriguing."

Dozier would join a stacked free-agent class that includes Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, Charlie Blackmon, Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Cody Allen, Adam Jones and Andrew McCutchen, among others.

The veteran infielder, who has spent the last six seasons in Minnesota, helped the Twins earn a berth in the American League Wild Card Game in 2017 hitting .271/.359/.498 with 34 home runs and 93 RBI. That followed up an even stronger 2016 season where he had 42 home runs and 99 RBI.