Washington Nationals find their second baseman in Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier signing keeps Nationals winning the winter

Brian Dozier signing keeps Nationals winning the winter

He clearly has the talent, as evidenced by his 42 home run season in 2016, so perhaps a change of scenery will benefit Dozier.

The Nationals and Dozier have agreed to a one-year deal worth $9 million, although part of that salary will reportedly be deferred.

Despite a rough 2018 season, Dozier is a good bounce-back candidate for the Nationals.

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In recent years, Dozier has become one of the more productive second basemen in baseball as a member of the Minnesota Twins. He's taken gambles (trading starter Tanner Roark with the hope that they can get more production out of free-agent signing Anibal Sanchez) and - for now, at least - avoided poaching from a farm system that has been dipped into over the past few years. Dozier hit only.182/.300/.350 with five home runs and 20 RBIs in 47 games with the Dodgers. He followed that up by hitting 34 home runs and producing an OPS of.856 in 2017.

Bringing him aboard would be the latest in a flurry of off-season moves by Washington, which finished second in the NL East behind the Atlanta Braves and missed the playoffs a year ago. Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said in the offseason he was comfortable using a platoon at the position between Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo. 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. 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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