Dozier Signs on the Dotted Line
The Nationals also announced that the deal includes $2 million deferred without interest until Jan. 15, 2020.
Dozier, who was a free-agent, spent time with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers last season hitting for .215, with 21 home runs and 72 RBIs. That was a down year compared to his production over the last several seasons, going all the way back to his rookie season in 2012. The veteran infielder can also play shortstop.
To answer this story’s question, this move points at the Nationals attempting to bridge a gap between their need for an everyday second baseman and the expected emergence of Carter Kieboom – MLB No. 37 and Washington No. 2 prospect – as the Nationals’ long-term solution at second base.
And that move may very well pay off dividends for Washington.
If Dozier gives the Nationals half of the offensive production of his 2016 and 2017 seasons – an average of 38 home runs and 96 RBIs – he would be good for approximately 19 home runs and 48 RBIs. The fact that Dozier has never been a frequent injury liability gives the Nationals a sense of security that he could perhaps conjure some magic from the past and replicate his better days, or at least get close to it.
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