Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Washington Nationals Add Brian Dozier

Washington Nationals Add Brian Dozier

Since the 2018 season ended, general manager Mike Rizzo has made moves quickly - October's trade for reliever Kyle Barraclough and the early December deal for catcher Yan Gomes - and aggressively (most notably with starter Patrick Corbin).

The Nationals have reached an agreement with free agent second baseman Brian Dozier, bringing the former Twins star to the nation's capital. Dozier's.215 batting average was the worst of his career and his 21 home runs were his fewest since 2013, and he hit just 4-for-20 in the postseason.

Dozier was also traded for the first time in his career, going from the Minnesota Twins to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the non-waiver deadline. Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said in the offseason he was comfortable using a platoon at the position between Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo. Murphy spent the last three seasons as Washington's primary second baseman and one of their most impactful hitters outside of Harper. What Dozier gives the Nationals is someone who will make all the routine plays and every once in a while will come up with a spectacular one. While a natural shortstop, Kieboom projects as a second baseman with Trea Turner entrenched at shortstop.

The deal is reportedly a one-year contract worth $9 million, meaning he will be back on the market after the year is over.

Ultimately, Dozier should turn out to be a nice addition for the Nationals. With Bryce Harper's bat potentially exiting the lineup a return to that form from Dozier could very much help the Nationals in 2019 compete in what looks like a tough NL East.

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