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11.04.2019 08:15
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lucrative deal to join what he hopes is a playoff team with the Nationals.The 31-year-old signed a $9 million , one-year contract with Washington that makes him the new second baseman and potentially a bridge from Daniel Murphy to prospect Carter Kieboom. Dozier said Tuesday other clubs offered him more money and longer deals, but he and his wife opted for the opportunity to win now.“We’re not the ones to go with the highest bidder by any means or any of that kind of stuff,” Dozier said on a conference call. “With more years and dollars out there, we felt like this one-year deal with the Nats would be the best fit for us.”Dozier’s contract includes $2 million deferred without interest until Jan. 15, 2020. Next winter could bring an even bigger windfall if he’s able to get his swing back on track.Last season, Dozier battled a bone bruise in his left knee and hit a career-low .215 with 21 homers with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers. He averaged 35 homers over the preceding three seasons, with a career best of 42 for Minnesota in 2016, and is a career .246 hitter.Washington could be counting on Dozier to supply some of that power in the middle of the lineup if star outfielder Bryce Harper signs elsewhere. Dozier can’t control that, but he said his struggles in 2018 serve as motivation to bounce back.“Going into this year personally you kind of have a chip on your shoulder just because you want to make sure you prove people wrong,” Dozier said. “I felt like I’ve done that throughout my career. I had to do that Christian Yelich Jersey , which is perfectly fine with me because I enjoy that.”Asked if a one-year deal was preferable for him to reset his value for another crack at free agency, Dozier said, “Resetting yourself for next year and all that kind of stuff, that all takes care of itself.”Dozier believes joining Washington puts him in the best frame of mind to take care of all that. With just 27 postseason plate appearances, he said signing on to a perennial playoff contender was a top priority, especially because the Nationals have been aggressive in adding left-handed starter Patrick Corbin, catchers Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki and reliever Trevor Rosenthal this offseason.“You feed off that, and it brings out the best in yourself,” Dozier said. “That’s exactly how it is and helped make my decision a lot easier.”Only needing to commit one year to Dozier made the decision easier for the Nationals. They only got 56 games out of Murphy during an injury-marred season before he signed a two-year free-agent deal with Colorado in December. Dozier at his pre-2018 form is a significant upgrade at the plate over Wilmer Difo, and he’s confident the knee injury is behind him and helped make him an even better hitter by learning how to adjust.“I was a very learning year ,” Dozier said. “Learn how to fight through things and it kind of made me a better player and person, and I’m up for the challenge this year.” The Los Angeles Angels have interviewed both Brad Ausmus and Eric Chavez as they look to fill their vacant managerial position.According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Angels are "moving closer to a decision," but it isn't yet known who is favored to land the job.Mike Scioscia stepped down as the Angels manager at the conclusion of the 2018 regular season, marking the end of a 19-year run in that position.L.A. has finished 80-82 in consecutive seasons and hasn't reached the playoffs since 2014.The 49-year-old Ausmus, like Scioscia, is a former MLB catcher who played for the San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a one-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove award winner.Ausmus served as the Tigers manager from 2014 until his dismissal in 2017.Although Detroit went 90-72 and reached the playoffs during his first year at the helm, they went just 64-98 in 2017 , and he finished with a 314-332 record overall.Chavez, 40, was primarily a third baseman during an MLB career that spanned 17 seasons with the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks. He was a six-time Golden Glove award winner and one-time Silver Slugger award winner.After retiring at the conclusion of the 2014 season, Chavez became a television analyst before serving in front-office roles for the Yankees and then the Angels.In August, Chavez became the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees manager after Keith Johnson was promoted to the Angels coaching staff.Chavez was a special assistant to Angels general manager Billy Eppler before getting his first taste of coaching with the Angels farm club.Whoever gets the nod as L.A.'s next manager will take over a talented club that is led by perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout.

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