2B Dozier, Na­tion­als agree to $9M, 1-year deal

The Observer (Sarnia) - - SPORTS -

WASH­ING­TON — A per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions tells The As­so­ci­ated Press that free-agent sec­ond base­man Brian Dozier and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als have agreed to a $9-mil­lion, one-year con­tract, sub­ject to the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of a phys­i­cal exam.

The per­son con­firmed the deal on con­di­tion of anonymity Thursday be­cause nei­ther the club nor player had an­nounced the deal.

Dozier, who played for the Min­nesota Twins and Los An­ge­les Dodgers last sea­son, would fill Wash­ing­ton’s need for a new start­ing sec­ond base­man and could help add some power to the lineup, par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant if slug­ging out­fielder Bryce Harper ends up leav­ing the Na­tion­als as a free agent.

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.

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