The Miami Marlins have signed utility player Greg Dobbs to a two-year deal. Only they know why.
It was announced on Tuesday that the Miami Marlins have reached a deal with utility player Greg Dobbs. The deal is for two years and is pending a physical, but no financial terms have yet been released.
The Marlins originally signed Dobbs to a minor league deal before the 2011 season, and he proved to be a valuable contributor over the year. He hit .275/.311/.389 (good for a .701 OPS) while filling in primarily at third base. He was a below average defender at third, but he has enough defensive flexibility to be a serviceable fill-in around the infield and in the outfield. He's not about the wow anyone with hit mitt, but he also shouldn't be a defensive liability in the field.
Although Dobbs had some offensive success back with the Phillies in 2007-2008, the Marlins shouldn't expect for him to hit any better than he did last season; he hit a very high number of line drives last season (25%) and he had an unsustainable number of balls in play fall for hits (.325 BABIP), so last season's .701 OPS was likely the best-case scenario for him. He'll be a decent bench player, but hopefully the Marlins aren't going to pay him much.