The Nationals made a signing, and it filled a much more gaping hole than anything else they’ve done this offseason beyond their early season bullpen acquisitions.
Here’s the scoop from South Capitol:
Nats agree to deal with veteran second baseman Dozier (MASN)
Dozier has received MVP votes in the past while representing the Twins on multiple All-Star teams — but his down year let the Nats buy low on him, for the low price of $9 million (which leaves room for another reliever yet!).
Is a 10-year contract risky? Maybe not in the case of Bryce Harper. (WaPo)
There's no such thing as a bad one-year deal (hello, Brian Dozier!). However, most ten-year deals are quite risky — but most players don't sign them at age 26, meaning that Bryce Harper's market at least *should* be more competitive than it seems.
Brian Dozier, Nationals Reportedly Agree on 1-Year, $9 Million Contract (Bleacher Report)
"Dozier has just a .143 career batting average at Nationals Park. Of course, given he has spent all but 47 games of his career in the American League, that's based on a small sample size—six games to be exact."
Quick Dozier signing reaction (Nationals Arms Race)
If he's a bust, he didn't block Carter Kieboom, and it was just $9 million. Anyhow, he's a Gold Glove-caliber defender. On the other side, this likely means that Wilmer Difo and Adrian Sanchez will be stuck in Triple-A, while Matt Reynolds will get DFAd.
Nationals Gain Upside with Brian Dozier (Fangraphs)
"As for what went wrong last year, Paul Sporer noted that Dozier’s plate discipline numbers were mostly unchanged, but Dozier’s home run to fly ball rate went way down... Dozier just didn't hit the ball as hard last season. If we can chalk Dozier's issues up to injuries that might resolve, then Dozier is going to be a huge bargain... if lingering issues follow, it's possible we are looking at [his] decline."
Signing Brian Dozier is good news for the future of Carter Kieboom (NBCSW)
The Nationals made their middle infield plans for the future pretty clear yesterday: Carter Kieboom gets one more year, max, in the minors, before taking over second base.
Brian Dozier, Washington Nationals agree to one-year, $9 million deal (WaPo)
The Nats added some power and they have nearly every other slot filled. They rebuilt their bullpen and rejuvenated their rotation; electrified their catching core and preserved their bench. All that's really left is another reliever — and potentially some kid named "Harper."
Joe Ross, Nationals avoid arbitration by settling before deadline (WaPo)
"With that settlement out of the way, the Nationals still need to work out terms with third baseman Anthony Rendon, shortstop Trea Turner, outfielder Michael A. Taylor and reliever Kyle Barraclough."
Fans' guide to spring training, Part 2: The town (MASN)
Your flight. Your hotel (the Ritz, anyone?). Your food (Rocco's Tacos? Grease Burger?). Your rare hours outside of the ballpark — Mark Zuckerberg covers it all.
Sweetspot Nationals: Dozier
"There's a fair chance of a complete bust... it all needs the context of time."