Nationals sign Brian Dozier to one-year, $9 million contract

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2019

Dozier is now a free agent for the first time, and up until recently, there was not much interest being shown in the 31-year-old.

The former Twins second baseman, who was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season at the trade deadline, has agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with the Washington Nations, according to ESPN. Even with a disappointing.215 average last season, Dozier still managed to hit 21 home runs and 30 doubles.

But Dozier has had more than 600 plate appearances in every season since 2013. It shouldn't hurt them either. He's not a huge upgrade over Murphy defensively and even Dozier's best years were far below the productivity Washington got from Murphy in 2016 and 2017.

Dozier isn't being signed for his defense.

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Ultimately, Dozier should turn out to be a nice addition for the Nationals. He followed that up by hitting 34 home runs and producing an OPS of.856 in 2017.

Major League Baseball recently reported the market for Harper and fellow free agent Manny Machado is "heating up", though it is not known when and where either will sign. Something that will certainly help the Nationals as they attempt to avoid luxury tax.

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The Nationals were also reportedly interested in other free agents at the position like D.J. LeMahieu, Josh Harrison and Marwin Gonzalez - though it would have likely taken a multi-year deal to sign any of them. 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.

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