Marlins release Greg Dobbs, flush away $1.7 million

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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.

Report: White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from Indians

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The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.

Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.

While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.