The New York Mets made another significant addition as they are reshuffling their roster ahead of the start of the 2020 MLB season. According to Mets’ beat writer Anthony Di Como, the team signed veteran second baseman Brian Dozier to a minor league deal.
Dozier joins the Mets after he spent 2019 with the Washington Nationals, playing a part in the team’s World Series run. The 33-year-old played in 135 games, batting .238 with 20 home runs and 50 RBIs.
Dozier previously had a deal with San Diego Padres but was released in July after not making the team’s 60-player roster.
Reportedly, Mets signed Dozier as a depth piece and won’t make him part of their Opening Day roster. Still, he is expected to get a chance further down the line and might emerge as a valuable veteran contributor for the organization with few lucky breaks.
Besides Nationals, Brian Dozier also played with Minnesota Twins and LA Dodgers over the course of his time in MLB. Dozier has one All-Star appearance from 2015 and Golden Glove Award from 2017, while his MLB stats include .245 batting average, 192 homers, and 561 RBIs.
The Mets also made several other moves on Tuesday, acquiring outfielder Juan Lagares while releasing OF Melky Cabrera and IF Gordon Beckham. The team now has 57 roster spots filled out of available 60.