It has been little more than a week since the Miami Marlins designated ace pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs for assignment, but on Tuesday, they went to the next step in actually outright releasing the 35-year-old from the roster.
Greg Dobbs officially has been released by #Marlins
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) May 6, 2014
This is a jarring move in some way, simply because the Marlins had heavily invested in Dobbs as their top bench bat. The two sides agreed on a somewhat baffling, one-year contract extension last September that locked up Dobbs at $1.7 million for the 2014 season, but after just 13 trips (!!!) to the plate this season, Miami had seen enough.
To be frank, the deal made zero sense at the time, as Miami was paying a premium for a fringe player on a team that no one envisioned as a title contender. Dobbs certainly has some value in the right situation as an established, professional hitter from the left side of the plate, but he hit just .228/.303/.300 in nearly 300 plate appearances last season, and his best days are clearly behind him.
I would imagine that an organization with a need would give Dobbs a look now that he is free and clear from Miami, but it is safe to assume that this will be the last time that he makes $1.7 million in a season.
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