Washington Nationals Add Brian Dozier

Ex-Dodger Brian Dozier and the Nationals agree to $9-million one-year deal source says

The Washington Nationals, as reported by Jeff Passan, have reportedly found their second baseman for 2019 agreeing to a 1 year, $9 million deal with former Twin and Dodger Brian Dozier. 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.

Before the trade to Los Angeles, he had a.307 batting average with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs in 104 games.

Dozier was an All-Star with the Twins in 2015 and won a Gold Glove at second base in 2017. The 21-year-old, ranked 90th in MLB Pipelines' top 100 prospects, is a natural shortstop, but the Nationals have been working on moving him to second with Trea Turner at shortstop.

As they prepare to move on without Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals have had a rather busy offseason. They have been linked to D.J. LeMahieu this winter, so he is still in play along with Jed Lowrie.

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. They also added catchers Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki, reliever Trevor Rosenthal and re-signed first baseman Matt Adams. While owner Mark Lerner told 106.7 The Fan in December that the team's 10-year, $300 million was the "best we can do", the two sides have continued to talk, according to multiple outlets.

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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