Fulton's Brian Dozier, Nationals agree to $9M, 1-year deal

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Major League Baseball recently reported the market for Harper and fellow free agent Manny Machado is "heating up", though it is not known when and where either will sign.

Second baseman Brian Dozier agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with the Washington Nationals, according to multiple reports. On the surface, the move isn't particularly notable. But if you look closer, at.

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Dozier struggled after being traded from the Minnesota Twins to the Dodgers a year ago, hitting just.182 in 47 games with Los Angeles. While it could not be ruled out completely, a return to the Dodgers had seemed unlikely. Even with a disappointing.215 average last season, Dozier still managed to hit 21 home runs and 30 doubles. And while he struggled to consistently make contact in 2018, Dozier still hit 20 home runs and had 72 RBI. He is expected to head to spring training with a chance to compete to be the No. 5 starter at the back end of Washington's star-studded rotation, which includes Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Anibel Sanchez. Murphy spent the last three seasons as Washington's primary second baseman and one of their most impactful hitters outside of Harper. Difo, meanwhile, is sound defensively but doesn't provide much offensively.

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. The Nationals proved willing to bet $9 million on Dozier rediscovering his old form, but they won't be saddled with a long-term contract if he doesn't.

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