Dozier Signs on the Dotted Line

The Washington Nationals announced another signing over the weekend after they inked right-handed second baseman Brian Dozier to a one-year contract worth $9 million.

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.

Wilmer Difo and Howie Kendrick – unless traded away – will be in a middle infield backup role for the Nats in the 2019 season.

The Nationals’ middle defense seems now solidified, with Yan Gomes behind the plate, Dozier and Trea Turner in the middle infield, and Victor Robles patrolling center field.

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As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of baseball. One of my earliest memories is sitting with my dad in his bedroom, way past my bedtime, watching Pete Rose hit 4,192. He knew then that this was a big deal and wanted to make sure that I witness it. I was 6, and I was hooked. I was born in Caguas and raised in Cidra, Puerto Rico, where the only thing that matters more than baseball is winning baseball. I’m a digital journalism student at Penn State and call Northern Virginia home these days.
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