Marlins Looking To Re-Sign DobbsBy
According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the Marlins are directing their attention toward Greg Dobbs, attempting to re-sign him. Dobbs is coming off his first year with the Fish, where he hit .275/.311/.389 in 439 plate appearances. He spent much of the season playing at third-base, while also seeing occasional action in the outfield. Although not nearly as exciting as some of the team’s other signings this off-season, the potential move would come as no surprise given the Marlins need for depth in the infield and the added benefit of having a “clubhouse leader” on the roster.
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Offensively, Dobbs has never been proficient, and 2011 was no exception. He posted a very below average .305 wOBA and an 88 wRC+ in 134 games, and despite his eight home runs, his slugging percentage was worst among Marlins regulars. Dobbs fared better on defense, but only marginally. He finished the season with a -5 UZR, which falls in line with his previous year in Philadelphia (-5.3 UZR). In total Dobbs was worth .5 fWAR in 2011, or exactly 0.0 bWAR for those who prefer Baseball Reference’s measure.
Luckily, Hanley is set to take over third base next season, meaning the Marlins can expect much more production from third going forward. It also means that Dobbs will be relegated to pinch-hitting duties, and serving as a backup infielder. Signing Dobbs would also make sense from a financial standpoint. Last year, he made a bargain $600,000, and I would expect him to agree to a similarly cheap amount this off-season as well.