Brian Dozier agrees to deal with Washington Nationals according to sources

Rex Christensen
January 13, 2019

Free agent second baseman Brian Dozier is in agreement with the Washington Nationals on a one-year, $9 million deal, league sources tell ESPN.

Dozier was an All-Star in 2015 and has hammered at least 21 home runs in each of his last five seasons to go with a.768 career OPS.

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.

The 2018 season was a hard one for Brian Dozier as he saw his production dip tremendously, which was in part due to a knee injury that he was forced to manage all season.

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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. In 2017 along with his 34 home runs Dozier had a 125 wRC+ and in 2016 a 132 wRC+ with his 42 home runs. 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.

In Washington, Dozier will add depth to a second basemen group that already includes veteran Howie Kendrick and defensive specialist Wilmer Difo. 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. The Nationals proved willing to bet $9 million on Dozier rediscovering his old form, but they won't be saddled with a long-term contract if he doesn't.

Ultimately, Dozier should turn out to be a nice addition for the Nationals.

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