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Ex-Dodger Brian Dozier and the Nationals agree to $9-million, one-year deal, source says

Ex-Dodger Brian Dozier and the Nationals agree to $9-million, one-year deal, source says
Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier catches a wide throw on Aug. 30, 2018, at Dodger Stadium. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Brian Dozier found his latest team — and the Washington Nationals found a temporary solution at second base.

The free-agent infielder and the Nationals agreed to a $9-million, one-year contract, subject to the successful completion of a physical exam, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Thursday.

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The person confirmed the deal on condition of anonymity because neither the club nor Dozier had made an announcement.

Dozier, who played for the Dodgers and Minnesota Twins 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 infield prospect Carter Kieboom at second base in 2020.

The 31-year-old Dozier's agreement with Washington was first reported by ESPN.

Dozier batted a career-low .215 with 21 homers and 72 RBIs last year. In 42 regular-season games with the Dodgers, he had a .182 batting average with five home runs and 20 RBIs. He had two hits and two RBIs in 22 at-bats during the postseason.

He averaged 35 homers over the preceding three seasons, with a career best of 42 for Minnesota in 2016. He was an AL All-Star in 2015.

In 2017, Dozier led AL second baseman in fielding percentage and won a Gold Glove.

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