Second baseman Dozier agrees to $9 million deal with Nationals

Brian Dozier signing keeps Nationals winning the winter

He clearly has the talent, as evidenced by his 42 home run season in 2016, so perhaps a change of scenery will benefit Dozier.

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free-agent second baseman Brian Dozier and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $9 million, one-year contract, subject to the successful completion of a physical exam. Dozier dropped down to a slash line of.215/.305/.391 but still managed 21 home runs as he split time between the Twins and Dodgers.

Despite a rough 2018 season, Dozier is a good bounce-back candidate for the Nationals.

In 2017, Dozier led AL second baseman in fielding percentage and won a Gold Glove.


Major League Baseball recently reported the market for Harper and fellow free agent Manny Machado is "heating up", though it is not known when and where either will sign.

Dozier was shipped to the Dodgers midway through last season and struggled to crack the every day roster for his new club.

He had a.182 batting average with five home runs and 20 RBIs after the trade in 47 games. Prior to signing Dozier, the Nationals were set up to use Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo at second base. Murphy spent the last three seasons as Washington's primary second baseman and one of their most impactful hitters outside of Harper. However, signing Dozier for one season does make him the flawless stop-gap for the Nationals. With Bryce Harper's bat potentially exiting the lineup a return to that form from Dozier could very much help the Nationals in 2019 compete in what looks like a tough NL East.

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