2B Dozier, Nationals agree to $9M, 1-year deal | AP sports

2B Dozier, Nationals agree to $9M, 1-year deal | AP sports

2B Dozier, Nationals agree to $9M, 1-year deal | AP sports

In 2016, he hit a career-high 42 home runs and posted an OPS of.886.

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. Even with a disappointing.215 average last season, Dozier still managed to hit 21 home runs and 30 doubles.

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Since the 2018 season ended, general manager Mike Rizzo has made moves quickly - October's trade for reliever Kyle Barraclough and the early December deal for catcher Yan Gomes - and aggressively (most notably with starter Patrick Corbin).

In recent years, Dozier has become one of the more productive second basemen in baseball as a member of the Minnesota Twins.

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

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.

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If Dozier can bring his average back up and continue hitting for power, he should be a nice addition to Washington's lineup. What Dozier gives the Nationals is someone who will make all the routine plays and every once in a while will come up with a spectacular one. 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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