The Washington Nationals signed free-agent second baseman Brian Dozier on a one-year, $9 million deal on Thursday, league sources reported.
A Gold Glove winner in 2015 and an All-Star player in 2017, Dozier has been a phenomenal second baseman for the past five years. His average for the five years has been .252/.333/.465 with 145 home runs and 81 stolen bases in 767 games for the Miami Twins.
While his five-year average is good, Dozier didn’t have the best of years in 2018. The Twins traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July but he didn’t perform well either. He finished the season with a .696 OPS, his second lowest record since he joined the league in 2012.
Last year aside, Dozier has proven to be a good player throughout his career. And considering his low contractual agreement, the 31-year-old is a nice buy low-risk candidate. Dozier will join Howie Kendrick, Adrian Sanchez, and Wilmer Difo in Washington’s second baseman lineup. If Dozier can get back to his numbers prior to 2018, he will become a great weapon for the Nationals.