Lost in the shuffle the past two days with the Hanley Ramirez’s acceptance to move to third base and the Miami Marlins acquisition of Carlos Zambrano from the Chicago Cubs, is the fact that the Marlins resigned veteran pinch hitter, Gregg Dobbs.
The deal is reportedly a two-year, $3 million contract. Dobbs has to undergo a physical before the contract officially is announced. Dobbs will make $1.5 million annually over the next two seasons. That in my opinion, is too much to pay a bench player, but it is not my money, and as long as I do not see Dobbs as much as I had to last season, I will be perfectly fine.
Last season, Dobbs appeared in 134 games, including 100 at third base. Dobbs started 84 games at third base, six in the outfield, three at first and two as the DH. As a pinch-hitter was 10-for-27 (.370) with a .919 on-base plus slugging percentage. Dobbs overall numbers look good to an average fan, but his advanced statistics were not impressive at all.
The Marlins bench so far includes Dobbs and Brett Hayes. Either Bryan Petersen or Scott Cousins will make the team as the fourth outfielder. Donnie Murphy still has a shot to make the team out of Spring Training.