Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
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2B Dozier, Nationals agree to $9M, 1-year deal | AP sports

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

Free-agent second baseman Brian Dozier has reached an agreement with the Washington Nationals on a one-year, $9 million deal, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Dozier entered the season figuring to set himself up for a big payday but that did not come close to happening. 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.

The longtime Minnesota Twins second baseman is fresh off a trip to the World Series as a deadline acquisition for the Los Angeles Dodgers and still has plenty to offer. When healthy Dozier can also hang around 30 home runs and even has a 42 home run season under his belt from 2016. And while he struggled to consistently make contact in 2018, Dozier still hit 20 home runs and had 72 RBI. 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. Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said in the offseason he was comfortable using a platoon at the position between Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo.

As for the Nationals, they're hoping that Dozier will provide a viable replacement for Daniel Murphy, who signed with the Rockies in free agency. While a natural shortstop, Kieboom projects as a second baseman with Trea Turner entrenched at shortstop. He signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the franchise. 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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