Brian Dozier agrees to deal with Washington Nationals according to sources

Tanya Simon
January 13, 2019

In a market that is full of second base talent, the Nationals ended up with Dozier on a short term and lower salary deal.

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 entered the season figuring to set himself up for a big payday but that did not come close to happening.

Dozier is coming off a season in which he hit.215/.305/.391 with 21 home runs and 72 RBI in 151 games between the Twins and Dodgers. He previously played for the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He wasn't a factor down the stretch because of his struggles.

Defensively the Nationals are acquiring a former Gold Glove second baseman. He clearly has the talent, as evidenced by his 42 home run season in 2016, so perhaps a change of scenery will benefit Dozier.

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Originally a shortstop, Dozier was drafted by the Twins in the eighth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. He still brings plenty of power to the table even if he can't bring his average and on-base percentage back to what they were a few seasons ago. Dozier and the Washington Nationals are a very good match for one another and both are hoping to see Dozier return to turning on pitches that are launched over the left field fence routinely as they both look for a return to the playoffs in 2019.

With Dozier on a one-year deal, the Nationals can still develop top prospect Carter Kieboom.

Ultimately, Dozier should turn out to be a nice addition for the Nationals. However, whether it'll be enough to make Washington contenders in the NL East remains to be seen.

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