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.
Dozier signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Dozier signed a minor-league deal with the Padres back in February but was released by the team after failing to make their 60-man player pool. The veteran has fallen from his peak, when he hit 42 homers for the Twins back in 2016. However, he's still a capable enough player, as his .238/.340/.430 slash line for the Nationals last season was good for a nearly average 99 wRC+, an acceptable figure for a middle infielder. It's unclear when he'll be ready for game action with the Mets or what kind of role he'll have once he arrives, as Robinson Cano appears to have second base locked down.
Dozier was released by the Padres on Saturday.
The writing appeared to be on the wall for Dozier's Padres career when he was left out of the team's player pool in late June. Whether that was the team's choice or his remains to be seen. It's unclear whether the veteran intends to latch on with another team this season. In 135 games for the Nationals last year, Dozier hit a respectable .238/.340/.430 with 20 homers.
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.
Dozier isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mets.
Dozier is in line for his third straight day off. Asdrubal Cabrera starts at the keystone and will bat second.
Dozier is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Mets.
Dozier isn't believed to be nursing an injury, but he'll nonetheless find himself on the bench for a second straight day while Asdrubal Cabrera steps in at second base. Manager Dave Martinez may have just wanted to find a way to keep Cabrera's bat in the lineup with the veteran slashing a cool .321/.400/.536 over his 17 games since signing with the Nationals on Aug. 5.
Dozier is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.
Dozier will take a seat Sunday after slashing .228/.343/.439 with four home runs over 21 games in August. Howie Kendrick will start at the keystone in the series finale.
Dozier isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Baltimore.
Dozier has had a rough go of it at the dish of late, going 1-for-14 with four walks and four strikeouts over his last four games. Asdrubal Cabrera gets the call at the keystone and will bat fifth.
Dozier was activated from the paternity list and is starting at second base and batting seventh Thursday against the Pirates.
Dozier is hitting .236 with 19 home runs and three steals in 421 plate appearances. Asdrubal Cabrera will shift to a utility role going forward.
The Nationals placed Dozier on the paternity list Monday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Dozier will be away from the team between one and three days to tend to the birth of his child, which may make it difficult for fantasy owners to justify including him in lineup during the Nationals' seven-game week. The Nationals recalled Adrian Sanchez from Double-A Harrisburg for added insurance in the middle infield, but Asdrubal Cabrera is expected to act as the team's primary second baseman while Dozier is absent.
Dozier went 3-for-4 with a walk, two home runs and four RBI in Sunday's win over the Brewers.
For the second straight day, the two teams combined for more than 20 runs, with the Nats coming out on top 16-8 in this one. Dozier's big performance was a welcome sight, as the veteran second baseman had been slashing just .156/.250/.344 through 13 games in August coming into Sunday's contest. He now needs just one more homer to record his sixth straight 20-HR campaign.
Dozier is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.
Asdrubal Cabrera will man second base and bat fifth against right-hander Jordan Lyles, Cabrera's fifth start at the keystone in Washington's last seven games. Dozier was sidelined with the flu for a few of those contests, but Dozier is batting just .225/.361/.371 since the break and it's possible the playing-time split is pretty even down the stretch.
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