The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — 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 AP on Thursday.
The person confirmed the deal on condition of anonymity because neither the club nor player had made an announcement.
Dozier, who played for the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers 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. 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.
IF Lowrie, Mets agree
NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent infielder Jed Lowrie and the New York Mets have agreed to a $20 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement is subject to a successful physical.
Lowrie is a switch-hitter who turns 35 in April and is coming off his first All-Star season. Like new Mets second baseman Robinson Cano, he used to be represented by Brodie Van Wagenen, co-head of CAA Baseball before he became New York’s general manager in October. Like Van Wagenen, Lowrie played baseball at Stanford.
While Lowrie played mostly second base for the Oakland Athletics during the past three seasons, he figures to see time at third and first with the Mets, who acquired Cano from Seattle last month.
Lowrie is the fifth All-Star added by the Mets this offseason, following Cano, closer Edwin Diaz, catcher Wilson Ramos and reliever Jeurys Familia, traded to Oakland last summer and then re-signed by New York as a free agent.
OF Jay, ChiSox finalize deal
CHICAGO (AP) — Free agent outfielder Jon Jay and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $4 million, one-year contract.
The 33-year-old Jay played for Kansas City and Arizona last season, batting .268 with three homers and 40 RBIs in 143 games. He also made at least 24 starts at each spot in the outfield.