The Twins have been listening to offers for All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier for several weeks — but not much longer, it appears.

The club would like interested teams to step up with their best offer in the coming days, or they plan to prepare for the 2017 season with Dozier as their second baseman, according to a source with knowledge of negotiations.

The Twins don’t want to go too far into January without clarity concerning their All-Star second baseman. They could wait to move Dozier before the trade deadline.

Several teams have inquired about Dozier, with steady discussions throughout the offseason.

It wasn’t that long ago — 19 years — that the Twins were looking to trade another All-Star second baseman.

They did fine then, sending Chuck Knoblauch to the Yankees for four players and cash. Two of those four, shortstop Cristian Guzman and lefthander Eric Milton, were named to All-Star teams and helped the Twins reach the postseason in 2002, 2003 and 2004 (Milton was traded after the 2003 season). A third, Brian Buchanan, was moved to San Diego for shortstop Jason Bartlett.