Dozier announced his retirement from professional baseball Wednesday at age 33. Dozier hit .248/.325/.441 with 167 home runs in a nine-year career that included hitting 42 home runs in 2016, tied for the second most in a season by a second baseman. He had one All-Star appearance and won a Gold Glove. He won a World Series ring in 2019 with the Nationals. He played just seven games for the Mets in his final season in 2020.
The Mets released Dozier on Sunday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. New York dropped the veteran second baseman from its 40-man roster last week after he went 2-for-15 while appearing in seven games before getting passed up by youngsters Luis Guillorme and Andres Gimenez on the organizational depth chart. Though Dozier went unclaimed off waivers and remained a member of the organization's 60-man roster pool, either he or the Mets (or both parties) weren't keen on having him stick around at the alternate training site in Brooklyn.
Dozier was designated for assignment Sunday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. With youngsters Andres Gimenez and Luis Guillorme helping the Mets more than they were expected to, the team no longer has a need for Dozier. The 33-year-old second baseman was on his second team of the year after things didn't work out in San Diego.
Dozier is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox. Dozier will enter the starting nine Thursday for the first time with his new team after his contract was selected earlier in the day. He'll take the place of Robinson Cano at second base and bat seventh.
Dozier's contract was selected by the Mets on Thursday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports. Dozier signed a minor-league deal with the Mets last week, but he'll now join the team's 30-man roster after Eduardo Nunez (knee) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday. Dozier should serve as middle-infield depth during his time in the majors behind Robinson Cano. Although the 33-year-old's production isn't where it used to be, he still had a .770 OPS with 20 home runs and 50 RBI over 135 games with the Nationals last year.