The Marlins released Greg Dobbs last week after a grand total of 13 plate appearances. This after signing him to a $1.7 million contract extension. What happened in those 13 plate appearances to change their mind on the guy so fast is a mystery, but Dobbs has a new home now:
Why the Nats even wanted him before 2013 is a mystery given that he’s hit hit.254 with a .299 on-base percentage and .361 slugging percentage in 568 games since 2009. But they got their bench bat a lot cheaper than the Marlins did.
Back in September the Marlins signed Greg Dobbs to a one-year, $1.7 million contract extension that had people like me shaking their heads and now today they released the 35-year-old bench bat.
Dobbs had a grand total of 13 plate appearances this season, which means the Marlins a) completely changed their opinion of him in what would be three games worth of playing time for a starting player, and b) paid him about $130,000 per plate appearance. Or maybe c) didn’t want him in the first place, but owner Jeffrey Loria loves him.
He’ll likely land elsewhere as a part-timer, but Dobbs hasn’t topped a .725 OPS since 2008 and has hit a combined .254 with a .299 on-base percentage and .361 slugging percentage in 568 games since 2009.
Releasing him makes plenty of sense. Giving him $1.7 million in September is the odd part.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins have signed utilityman Ty Wigginton to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Wigginton will be competing for a bench job. He can play first, second, and third, and even has experience in the outfield corners.
Wigginton was unproductive with the Cardinals last year, posting a .158/.238/.193 line in 63 trips to the plate. He has posted negative WAR in four out of the last five seasons, combining for -2.6, according to Baseball Reference. The only players less valuable than Wigginton, minimum 1,000 plate appearances since 2009, have been Yuniesky Betancourt (-6.5 WAR) and Greg Dobbs (-3.8).