Brian Dozier found his latest team, and the Washington Nationals found a temporary solution at second base.
The former Twins star and the Nationals agreed to a $9 million, one-year contract, subject to a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said Thursday.
Dozier would fill Washington's need for a 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 infield prospect Carter Kieboom at second in 2020.
Dozier, 31, batted a career-low .215 with 21 homers and 72 RBI in 2018, when he was traded from the Twins to the Dodgers on July 31. He averaged 35 homers over the preceding three seasons, with a career-best 42 in 2016. He was an AL All-Star in 2015.
In 2017, Dozier led AL second basemen in fielding percentage and won a Gold Glove.
Bringing him aboard would be the latest in a flurry of offseason moves by Washington, which finished second in the NL East and missed the playoffs last year.
While still waiting to find out what will happen with Harper, the Nationals' additions have included lefty starter Patrick Corbin; catchers Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki; relievers Kyle Barraclough and Trevor Rosenthal; and backup first baseman Matt Adams.
Lowrie to Mets
Free-agent infielder Jed Lowrie and the New York Mets agreed to a $20 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the AP.
Lowrie is a switch hitter who turns 35 in April and is coming off his first All-Star season. While he played mostly second base for Oakland during the past three seasons, he figures to see time at third and first with the Mets, who acquired Robinson Cano last month.
Lowrie set career highs with 23 homers and 99 RBI last year and hit .267.
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