We kick off our list of free agent second baseman with the man who some have at the top of their wishlist. Brian Dozier and the Washington Nationals appear to be a perfect fit this offseason if the team does indeed pursue a short-term upgrade.
Dozier was one of the key players that helped the Minnesota Twins make the Wildcard Game in 2017. He was a key veteran presence and appeared set for a big payday this offseason when his contract expired.
Before 2018, the veteran hit .251 with a solid .780 OPS with 151 homers 439 RBI and 90 stolen bases over six seasons. He even placed in the MVP voting three years running between 2015 and 2017, proving just how important he was to that team.
However, he’s now coming off of arguably the worst season of his career in 2018. He slashed a lowly .215/.305/.391 with 21 home runs and 72 RBI while playing for the Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018.
After the down season, many outlets are now predicting a one-year pillow contract that may get him a more lucrative deal next season. In Jon Heyman’s recent contract predictions, both he and his expert predicted a pillow deal, one at $6.5 million and one at $9 million.
Dozier was one of the names that Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reported the Nats have expressed interest in. Of the one-year options, Dozier definitely seems like the best, so given the team’s interest, it could certainly happen.