Dozier was not listed among the initial 52 players who will participate in the Padres' summer camp. The Padres still have eight open spots, so Dozier could still be among the players included in the 60-man player pool. It's possible that he was invited and declined over health concerns, given that he is a veteran with financial stability who was in camp on a minor-league deal.
Dozier will likely break camp with the Padres despite struggling in Cactus League play, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. San Diego signed Dozier to a minor-league contract in late February and invited the veteran to camp to compete for a starting role at second base. While Dozier scuffled during the exhibition slate -- he batted .227 with no extra-base hits and nine strikeouts in 22 at-bats -- he is likely to claim a roster spot due partly to the struggles of Jurickson Profar, who hit only .217 but posted a higher OPS (.699) than Dozier's .547 mark. Per Cassavell, the most likely scenario has both Profar and Dozier making the squad along with fellow second baseman Greg Garcia, with manager Jayce Tingler dividing playing time on the basis of matchups or performance.
Dozier signed a minor-league contract with the Padres on Sunday that includes an invitation to big-league camp, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Dozier won the World Series with Washington last season on a one-year deal, but he wasn't able to link up with a new team until after the start of spring training. The veteran second baseman got off to a slow start in 2019 but finished with a .238/.340/.430 slash line and 20 home runs in 135 games.
Dozier went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 5-2 victory against the Phillies on Wednesday. This was the 32-year-old first home run since Aug. 18 and also his 20th long ball of the season. That means Dozier has extended his streak of six straight years with at least 20 home runs. He is batting .234 with 39 extra-base hits, 48 RBI, 52 runs and three steals in 411 at-bats this season.
Dozier is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. At least for the time being, Dozier appears to have surrendered his role as the Nationals' everyday second baseman to the red-hot Asdrubal Cabrera. Dozier has rebounded from a rough first two months to provide near-league-average production (99 wRC+) for the season, but that won't be enough for him to hold off Cabrera for work. Since signing with the Nationals in early August, Cabrera has slashed .328/.405/.578 (147 wRC+) in 74 plate appearances.
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