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Brian Dozier and Nationals Agree to One Year Deal

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The Washington Nationals have found their replacement for Daniel Murphy in 2019.

With expectations the team would use Wilmer Difo as Trea Turner’s counterpart in the middle infield, the Nationals announced on Thursday they have signed free agent second baseman Brian Dozier to a one year deal worth $9 million.

Dozier had a very good career in Minnesota, but his 2018 campaign was pretty horrific. Dozier single-handedly destroyed fantasy baseball teams this year (both of mine, thanks Brian) but he also was the big reason besides Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano as to why the Twins did so poorly in the first half of the season. Dozier had been expected to command a big free agent contract this offseason due to his track record prior to 2018, but his .215/21/72 stat line over 632 plate appearances between Minnesota and Los Angeles in 2018 nullified that of even being a possibility. It seemed around the All-Star break Dozier was turning things around as he homered in the final game before the break to win the game for Minnesota. Dozier had always been known as a second half player, especially in 2016 and 2017 where he went on home run tears to help the Twins become playoff contenders. It’s as if it all disappeared over night.

The Nationals are hoping they can get the Dozier of 2014-17 and not the Dozier of 2018.

If so, he may have problems finding anywhere to go for 2020.

 

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