Word comes today that the Nats have signed Brian Dozier to a one year deal ($9MM, with $2MM of that deferred, and no option years) to man second base for them during the upcoming season.
This signing means that, barring injury, the Nats won’t be relying on some combination of Wilmer Difo and Howie Kendrick (still recovering from a torn achilles tendon) to play there this year.
It also means that they also won’t be rushing Carter Kieboom, who’s a natural shortstop who will need seasoning this year in the minors to learn how to play a new position, but it also tells me Kieboom is penciled in to be the Opening Day 2B in 2020.
Dozier’s got a history of being a power hitter, albeit one with a fair to poor batting average. Last year was execrable for him, however, so here’s hoping that he bounces back this year, or that young Mr. Kieboom learns how to play second base quickly.