The Nationals have made another addition to the roster. Brian Dozier will fill the gap at second base for the season after signing a 1 year $9 million deal with the ball club earlier this afternoon.
Dozier had a below average year with the Twins and Dodgers hitting .215/.305/.391. He was even worse after a midseason trade from the Twins to the Dodgers hitting just .182/.300/.350. Dozier was a top slugger in the game for second basemen from 2014-2017 hitting .254 and 127 homers. He also became a threat on the bases, swiping 67.
Dozier seems like the perfect fit for the Nationals as they were in need for a second basemen and he’s in need to rebuild his stock after a poor year in 2018. The Nationals had already planned for a platoon between Howie Kendrick who is coming of an achilles tear and the light hitting Wilmer Difo.
The signing seems as if he will be the stopgap for top prospect Carter Kieboom who will likely be ready for the big leagues in late 2019.
Kieboom didn’t play second base until Daniel Murphy was shipped to the Cubs in a salary clearing move that brought in two young prospects. The front office didn’t see a point in bringing Kieboom up in September because of his inexperience at second base even though he had raked at Potomac and Harrisonburg. It seems Kieboom will have to hit AAA pitching before his call up. Kieboom can also play third if Anthony Rendon chooses to leave next winter.
The Nationals have now made six acquisitions for their major league team. They signed catcher Kurt Suzuki, pitchers Patrick Corbin, Anibal Sanchez, and Trevor Rosenthal. They also traded for catcher Yan Gomes and relief pitcher Kyle Barraclough (Bear-claw).
The team still has not ruled out signing Bryce Harper yet. With this signing the Nationals are now at $202.5 million dollars just $3.5 million shy of the $206 million dollar luxury tax mark.