The Mets have released second baseman Brian Dozier, tweets MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. He’d been designated for assignment prior to last Sunday’s game, when New York called up right-hander Franklyn Kilome.
The 33-year-old Dozier will return to the open market and be eligible to sign with any club as a free agent. He inked a minor league deal with the Padres over the winter but took his release from that organization and had a less-than-favorable review of his time there upon signing with the Mets late last month. Dozier’s time in Queens proved brief, though, as Robinson Cano’s scorching return from the injured list left him without much of a path to playing time. In 16 plate appearances as a Met, Dozier went 2-for-15 with a walk and five strikeouts.
It’s been a swift decline for Dozier, who from 2014-17 starred for the Twins as one of the game’s best second basemen. In that time, he batted .254/.338/.476 with 127 home runs — including a 42-homer campaign in 2016 and a 34-homer effort in 2017. His 2018 season was wrecked by a knee injury which he attempted to play through, and while he had a solid bounceback effort with the Nats in 2019 (.238/.340/.430), Dozier also ceded playing time to Asdrubal Cabrera late in 2019.
Dozier could still hold appeal to clubs seeking some infield depth. A team in need of help against left-handed pitching would stand out as a particularly solid fit for the former All-Star, given that the right-handed-hitting Dozier carries a stout .268/.352/.496 batting line against southpaws.