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Nationals sign Brian Dozier to one-year, $9 million deal

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Jeff Passan reports that the Washington Nationals have signed second baseman Brian Dozier to a one-year, $9 million deal.

Dozier, 31, split time with the Twins and Dodgers last season, putting up a combined line of .215/.305/.391 with 21 homers in 151 games. That was a considerable falloff from what he had done over the previous several seasons, but it’s also better than what the Nats got out of Wilmer Difo in 2018. Difo, presumably, will fall into a utility role.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.