Source: Nationals closing on deal with Dozier

Source: Nationals closing on deal with Dozier

The Nationals have addressed their need at second base: They’re in agreement with free agent Brian Dozier on a one-year, $ 9 million deal for 2019, a source confirmed to MLB.com’s Jamal Collier on Thursday. The deal is pending a physical. The Nationals have addressed their need at second base: They’re in agreement with free

The Nationals have addressed their need at second base: They’re in agreement with free agent Brian Dozier on a one-year, $ 9 million deal for 2019, a source confirmed to MLB.com’s Jamal Collier on Thursday. The deal is pending a physical.

The Nationals have addressed their need at second base: They’re in agreement with free agent Brian Dozier on a one-year, $ 9 million deal for 2019, a source confirmed to MLB.com’s Jamal Collier on Thursday. The deal is pending a physical.

Tweet from @JamalCollier: The Nationals have agreed to sign second baseman Brian Dozier to a one-year, $ 9 million deal, pending physical a source confirms to https://t.co/D7Jm7Tg0AC. @Ken_Rosenthal and @JeffPassan were on it first.

A source also told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that a portion of Dozier’s salary will be deferred.

Dozier hit .215/.305/.391 with 21 home runs and 12 stolen bases for the Twins and Dodgers last season. That was a dropoff in production from Dozier’s previous years in Minnesota, but if the Nationals can coax a bounce-back year out of the 31-year-old in 2019, they’ll be getting a second baseman with rare power for the position, and some base-stealing ability, too. Over Dozier’s six full Major League seasons, he’s averaged 28 homers and 16 steals.

Washington was one of several teams that had been linked to Dozier this offseason, with the Brewers also having shown recent interest. Dozier also wasn’t the only free-agent second baseman the Nationals had looked at. They’d also expressed interest in others like DJ LeMahieu.

Signing Dozier gives Washington a short-term solution at second base until the team’s No. 2 prospect, 21-year-old Carter Kieboom, is ready to take over the position. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal had reported last week that the Nationals preferred a stopgap option.

David Adler is a reporter and researcher for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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