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The Washington Nationals and free-agent additional baseman Brian Dozier reportedly came to agreement on a one-year, $9 actor arrangement Thursday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Drafted in the eighth annular by the Minnesota Twins in 2009, Dozier has spent best of his able career with the Twins. However, with his chargeless bureau looming, Minnesota traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the 2018 MLB non-waiver barter deadline.
Dozier hit .215 with 21 home runs, 30 doubles and 72 RBI amid Minnesota and Los Angeles in 2018, including .182 with bristles home runs, nine doubles and 20 RBI in 47 amateur as a Dodger.
It was afterwards appear in aboriginal November by Fancred’s Jon Heyman that Dozier played the division with a “severe cartilage bruise,” which could explain his bead in production.
Entering 2018, Dozier had accustomed American League MVP votes in three afterwards seasons. During that span, the 5’11”, 200-pound infielder averaged 35 dingers per 162 games. He fabricated the All-Star aggregation in 2015 and added a Gold Glove to his resume in 2017.
Unfortunately for the 31-year-old Dozier, his numbers biconcave as he was arena for a new contract. His batting boilerplate was the everyman of his career, and he had not slugged beneath than 24 homers back 2014.
Washington is acquisitive this accomplished division was a bleep rather than a assurance of things to come. Dozier’s clue almanac speaks for itself, as he had been one of the best abhorrent additional basemen in baseball for years.
Now that he is beneath contract, Dozier can alpha advancing for 2019 as he looks for a bounce-back year.
With Dozier off the market, Passan acclaimed that several added boilerplate infielders are accepted to assurance soon, including chargeless agents DJ LeMahieu and Jed Lowrie.
Passan additionally appear that the San Francisco Giants are discussing trades involving additional baseman Joe Panik.
Per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Giants’ accommodation to boutique Panik is due to their absorption in potentially signing LeMahieu.
Dozier has aloof a .143 career batting boilerplate at Nationals Park. Of course, accustomed he has spent all but 47 amateur of his career in the American League, that’s based on a baby sample size—six amateur to be exact.
After trading Daniel Murphy aftermost summer, Washington had two centralized options it could about-face to at second: Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo. The 35-year-old Kendrick absent the majority of the 2018 attack afterwards disturbing his Achilles in May, while the 26-year-old Difo hit .230 with bound ability (seven home runs) aftermost year.
In added words, Dozier should accommodate a much-needed abhorrent addition at the position.