Fulton's Brian Dozier, Nationals agree to $9M, 1-year deal

Los Angeles CA USA Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier fields a ball during the ninth inning aga

He is a career.246 hitter with 172 homers since 2012.

The Nationals and Dozier have agreed to a one-year deal worth $9 million, although part of that salary will reportedly be deferred.

He posted a career-low.215 batting average but still posted decent power numbers with 21 home runs - 16 with the Twins - and 30 doubles.

The Washington Nationals are certainly hoping to see a rebound from Dozier from what was a down year for the 31-year-old.

While the Dodgers badly needed production at second base, Dozier was unable to give it to them and by the start of the postseason, he was essentially a bench player.

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Dozier struggled after being traded from the Minnesota Twins to the Dodgers past year, hitting just.182 in 47 games with Los Angeles. He hit 34 home runs with 93 RBIs in 2017.

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 previous year.

In Washington, Dozier will add depth to a second basemen group that already includes veteran Howie Kendrick and defensive specialist Wilmer Difo. He's not a huge upgrade over Murphy defensively and even Dozier's best years were far below the productivity Washington got from Murphy in 2016 and 2017.

By only committing to Dozier for one season, the Nationals leave open the possibility of turning to leading infield prospect Carter Kieboom at second base in 2020. With Bryce Harper's bat potentially exiting the lineup a return to that form from Dozier could very much help the Nationals in 2019 compete in what looks like a tough NL East.

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