Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Brian Dozier, Nationals agree to one-year, $9M deal

Brian Dozier, Nationals agree to one-year, $9M deal

Second baseman Brian Dozier agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with the Washington Nationals, according to multiple reports. The Mississippi native consistently hit for good average with the Twins, but his strongest suit was his power: Dozier ranked second in the majors with 42 home runs during the 2016 season and finished top-15 in MVP voting in both 2016 and 2017.

But Dozier has had more than 600 plate appearances in every season since 2013.

While the Dodgers badly needed production at second base, Dozier was unable to give it to them and by the start of the postseason, he was essentially a bench player. He is expected to head to spring training with a chance to compete to be the No. 5 starter at the back end of Washington's star-studded rotation, which includes Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Anibel Sanchez.

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Dozier was an All-Star in 2015 and won a Gold Glove in 2017, the last of a five-year stretch that saw him bat.252/.333/.465 with 145 home runs and 81 stolen bases while appearing in 767 games for the Minnesota Twins. And while he struggled to consistently make contact in 2018, Dozier still hit 20 home runs and had 72 RBI.

Bringing him aboard would be the latest in a flurry of off-season moves by Washington, which finished second in the NL East behind the Atlanta Braves and missed the playoffs a year ago. He signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the franchise. Rather than relying on Kendrick and Difo, signing Dozier should help the Nationals replace some of what they're losing with Harper and Murphy.

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