Nationals sign Brian Dozier to one-year, $9 million contract

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But Dozier has had more than 600 plate appearances in every season since 2013.

The Washington Nationals have found their starting second baseman for the 2019 season, as they agreed to a deal with veteran infielder Brian Dozier on Thursday. On the surface, the move isn't particularly notable. Dozier's.215 batting average was the worst of his career and his 21 home runs were his fewest since 2013, and he hit just 4-for-20 in the postseason. But if you look closer, at. After being one of the best hitting second basemen in all of baseball from 2014-2017, Dozier revealed late in the season that a knee injury contributed to his struggles in 2018.

Dozier batted a career-low.215 with 21 homers and 72 RBIs past year. In 2017 along with his 34 home runs Dozier had a 125 wRC+ and in 2016 a 132 wRC+ with his 42 home runs. He is expected to head to spring training with a chance to compete to be the No. 5 starter at the back end of Washington's star-studded rotation, which includes Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Anibel Sanchez.

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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 past year. While a natural shortstop, Kieboom projects as a second baseman with Trea Turner entrenched at shortstop.

According to multiple reports, Dozier is signing a one-year, $9 million contract with the Nationals. The Nationals are hoping to see those power numbers return as Dozier returns to health. However, whether it'll be enough to make Washington contenders in the NL East remains to be seen.

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