The Washington Nationals made another move on Thursday, signing second baseman Brian Dozier to a one-year deal.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Nationals will be giving Dozier nine million dollars during his time in D.C.
The Nationals have been really active this offseason, acquiring Patrick Corbin, Matt Adams, Yan Gomes, Kurt Suzuki, Trevor Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough.
This latest roster move by the Nationals, is a good deal for the organization and Dozier.
Dozier had a .215 batting and a .696 OPS, which was the lowest since his rookie season.
A one-year stint with the Nationals allows Dozier to have a bounce back season in 2019, and try to get more money in the 2019-20 offseason.
From the Nationals’ perspective, this is a low-risk buy for the team.
They were able to acquire a veteran second baseman without investing money on a player like D.J. LeMahieu, who recently signed with the New York Yankees for 2 years/$24M.
The Nationals were confident with Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo filling in that second base spot. However, Kendrick is recovering from an Achilles injury and Difo is better on defense than at the plate.
Prior to last season, Dozier has shown he can be a reliable player offensively and defensively.
The 2015 All-Star held a .271 batting average, while racking up 34 home runs and more than 90 RBI in 2017, which is the same season Dozier won a Gold Glove.
The year before that, Dozier hit a career-high 42 home runs and collected 99 RBI.
Dozier has been a solid hitter against lefties, with a .271 batting average and .878 OPS against lefties over the last three seasons.
Dozier has the potential to be a steal for the Nationals if he can regain some of that magic from the 2016-2017 seasons and provide a quality bat in the lineup.
Dozier gives the Nationals the opportunity to win now, while looking ahead to the future.
The Nationals can let top prospect Carter Kieboom continue to develop and have a chance to make an appearance in MLB a bit sooner than if the Nationals invested in a long-term option at second base.
Expect more deals to come from the Nationals, as they are still in the market for Bryce Harper and they could use another starting pitcher, who can compete for the fifth spot in the rotation.