Ex-Twin Brian Dozier, Nationals agree to one-year contract

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

Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier catches a wide throw on Aug. 30 2018 at Dodger Stadium

The free agent infielder and the Nationals agreed to a US$9-million, one-year contract, subject to the successful completion of a physical exam, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday.

In Washington, Dozier will add depth to a second basemen group that already includes veteran Howie Kendrick and defensive specialist Wilmer Difo. He was particularly ineffective after Minnesota shipped him to Los Angeles, where his batting average was just.182.

Dozier, 31, got off to a slow start in 2018, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31, struggled initially and hardly played down the stretch.

Defensively the Nationals are acquiring a former Gold Glove second baseman.

With Dozier on a one-year deal, the Nationals can still develop top prospect Carter Kieboom.

The 31-year-old Fulton, Mississippi native will be joining his third Major League Baseball team. He followed that up by hitting 34 home runs and producing an OPS of.856 in 2017.

While there are other second baseman still available that had better seasons in 2018 such has DJ LeMahieu and 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.

While still waiting to find out what will happen with Harper, the Nationals' additions have included lefty starter Patrick Corbin, catchers Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki, relievers Kyle Barraclough and Trevor Rosenthal, and backup first baseman Matt Adams.

While he wasn't a standout star in the playoffs this year, it's tough to judge Dozier's postseason work based on numbers alone.

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