Nationals sign 2B Brian Dozier to 1-year deal

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals have signed free agent second baseman Brian Dozier to a one-year deal worth $9 million, according to multiple reports.

Dozier, 31, spent most of his first seven seasons in the big leagues with Minnesota before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer. He has averaged a .246 average, .324 on-base percentage and 25 home runs, and 15 stolen bases over his career. A three-time All-Star, he slugged a career-high 42 homers in 2016.

Dozier gives Washington some stability at second base, with Howie Kendrick returning from a season-ending Achilles’ injury suffered last May.

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