Mar 9, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins first baseman Greg Dobbs (29) puts the ball in play against the Detroit Tigers at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Greg Dobbs Release a Sign of Loria Not Interfering?

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The Miami Marlins finally cut dead weight from their roster on Tuesday afternoon, as they designated pinch hitter Greg Dobbs for assignment to make room for Ed Lucas. The move was especially surprising because owner Jeffery Loria went over the backs of his baseball people to sign Dobbs to an extension last season.

The best news for the Marlins in 2014 continues to be that Loria has seemed to decide to stop meddling in the Marlins everyday baseball affairs. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald points out that Loria didn’t even give the Marlins front office a hard time about letting one of his personal favorite players go:

Last September, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was the one who wanted his front office to give a one-year, $1.7 million contract this season to Greg Dobbs (who was designated for assignment Tuesday after a 1-for-13 start) and he also told his front office to give a three-year, not a two-year, contract to Heath Bell a few years ago (which explains why the Marlins are paying the reliever – now with Tampa – $7 million this season not to pitch for them). Loria liked Dobbs personally and valued his opinion about the team.

Bottom line: The Marlins are paying $9 million of their $48 million payroll to Bell and Dobbs because Loria intervened (yes, his right as an owner) and miscalculated. But give Loria credit for no longer meddling in baseball decisions. He didn’t give the front office a hard time about designating Dobbs this week.

Hopefully Loria continues to stay out of the Marlins important decision making for the foreseeable future, as that is the team’s best chance of becoming a contender anytime soon.

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