Defensively, Dozier's minus-6.4 ultimate zone rating ranked 15th among 16 qualified second basemen.
Free agent second baseman Brian Dozier is in agreement with the Washington Nationals on a one-year, $9 million deal, league sources tell ESPN. Dozier entered the season figuring to set himself up for a big payday but that did not come close to happening.
Dozier was an All-Star in 2015 and has hammered at least 21 home runs in each of his last five seasons to go with a.768 career OPS. The 31-year-old spent last season with the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the latter of whom he joined at the trade deadline. He wasn't a factor down the stretch because of his struggles. However, the aging Kendrick is coming back from an Achilles injury he suffered last May.More news: Mookie Betts settles with Red Sox on $20M salary for 2019
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To be fair, there's likely to be some drop-off from Murphy to Dozier.
But Dozier isn't far removed from being a high-quality player. However, signing Dozier for one season does make him the flawless stop-gap for the Nationals.
By only committing to Dozier for one season, the Nationals leave open the possibility of turning to leading prospect Carter Kieboom at second base in 2020. This is his first foray into free agency, and while it was expected he would command a larger (or longer) contract, his one-year deal isn't so surprising considering catcher Yasmani Grandal's one-year deal, which was reported on Wednesday. The Nationals are hoping to see those power numbers return as Dozier returns to health. He gives Washington's lineup another veteran hitter to complement some of their younger hitters.