Second baseman Dozier agrees to $9 million deal with Nationals

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018 season was a hard one for Brian Dozier as he saw his production dip tremendously, which was in part due to a knee injury that he was forced to manage all season.

Second baseman Brian Dozier agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with the Washington Nationals, according to multiple reports.

But Dozier has had more than 600 plate appearances in every season since 2013. Dozier entered the season figuring to set himself up for a big payday but that did not come close to happening. The Mississippi native consistently hit for good average with the Twins, but his strongest suit was his power: Dozier ranked second in the majors with 42 home runs during the 2016 season and finished top-15 in MVP voting in both 2016 and 2017.

Dozier was also traded for the first time in his career, going from the Minnesota Twins to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the non-waiver deadline. He wasn't a factor down the stretch because of his struggles.

He made the American League All-Star team in 2015 and was awarded a Gold Glove in 2017. The 31-year-old Dozier is coming off a down year - which he attributed to a bone bruise in his knee suffered in April - in a winter full of second baseman on the free agent market. Prior to signing Dozier, the Nationals were set up to use Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo at second base.

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.

Notes: Right-hander Joe Ross avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $1 million, one-year contract, a raise from $567,900 in his first year of eligibility.

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