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On February 23rd, the Padres came to an agreement with Brian Dozier, the free agent infielder who most recently won last year’s World Series with the Washington Nationals. Dozier actually comes to the Padres after participating in the last two World Series, the first as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
At 32 years old, Dozier is not the man he was in his mid-twenties, but he’s only a few years removed from being an All-Star in 2017 and even receiving MVP votes that same year, as well. Dozier played in 135 games last year, which is the lowest amount he’s participated in since 2012, but he still posted a .320 on-base percentage with 20 home runs in 416 at-bats.
With the Padres only having a handful of true full-time players, including Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis, and Eric Hosmer, Dozier simply gives another useful player for first-year manager Jayce Tingler to use in 2020.