Greg Dobbs is a decent role player and has drawn interest from several teams as a free agent, including the Nationals.
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that re-signing Dobbs is the Marlins’ “main objective” right now and “the team is hoping to finalize a deal soon.”
And then Frisaro starts laying it on pretty thick with praise, writing that Dobbs “enjoyed a highly productive 2011” and re-signing him “would cap a highly productive month of December for the Marlins.”
Meanwhile, in reality the “highly productive” Dobbs is a 33-year-old career-long bench player who hit .275 with a .311 on-base percentage and .389 slugging percentage in a career-high 439 plate appearances while posting a terrible 83/22 K/BB ratio.
He also hit .189 in 2010 and has batted a combined .251 with a .294 on-base percentage and .375 slugging percentage during the past three seasons. Dobbs will likely get a modest one-year deal.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.