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Greg Dobbs re-signs with the Marlins

Sep 26, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Miami isn’t even waiting until the end of the season to make a big splash in free agency!

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have signed impending free agent Greg Dobbs to a new contract, keeping the veteran bench bat from hitting the open market.

Dobbs made $1.5 million this season and has logged 266 plate appearances in 112 games as a pinch-hitter and first baseman, hitting .229 with a .605 OPS. His highest OPS in the past five seasons is .701 and Dobbs is 34 years old, so he must be … I dunno, a helluva guy in the clubhouse or something.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Loria must have have some sort of blackmail, or maybe has Dobbs’ kids tied up in the basement or something to convince the guy to willingly stick around.

    Oh, wait, maybe they’re just getting ready to trade him for a bag of magic beans.

    • Old Gator - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      A bag of magic beans and a recipe to be named later.

      What’s that? Do I have such a recipe?

      Well, since you asked…..

      1 pound dried magic beans, rinsed and sorted over to remove shrapnel.
      3 tablespoons unicorn, bacon or duck fat.
      1/2 cup chopped chopped ham or center cut bacon.
      1 1/2 cups chopped onions
      3/4 cup chopped celery
      3/4 cup diced green peppers
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
      Pinch cayenne
      3 bay leaves
      2 tablespoons chopped parsley
      2 teaspoons fresh thyme
      1/2 pound smoked sausage, roughly chopped
      1 pound smoked ham hocks
      3 tablespoons chopped garlic
      10 cups chicken or ham stock
      4 cups cooked brown rice
      1/4 cup chopped green onions,

      Soak beans outdoors in a large bowl or pot overnight. If you soak them indoors you risk having the beanstalk punch through your roof. Drain or chop down and set aside.

      In a large pot, heat the unicorn fat over medium-high heat. Add the tasso and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the onions, celery and bell peppers to the grease in the pot. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Add bay leaves, parsley, thyme, sausage, and ham hocks, and cook, stirring, to brown the sausage and ham hocks, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add beans and stock, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring as the mood moves you, humming songs you learned as kids, until beans are tender and starting to thicken, about 2 hours. Add holy water or chicken stock as needed to keep the mixture creamy.

      Remove from the heat and mash half of the beans, adding a bit of olive oil and mashed garlic. Continue to cook until the beans are creamy, about 15 minutes at low heat. Remove from the heat and remove the bay leaves.

      Serve over brown rice and garnish with green onions

  2. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Well, I guess if you consider dropping a pebble down a well and waiting forty seconds to hear it go pleenk at the bottom a “big splash,” this was a big splash. Personally, my idea of a big splash would be to throw Scrooge McLoria down the well and pray that his carcass doesn’t contaminate the aquifer.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      I dunno OG, contaminating the water supply in that manner might very well start the Zombie Apocalypse.

      • Old Gator - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        Naaahhhh, it’d just cause a lot of diarrhea. Now if you threw Marco Rubio down there with him…..

  3. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    But in all seriousness, folks, what does signing a free agent .229 heeter to stay on the bench tell you about this team’s expectations for next season? With a lot of two-year ticket plans that were sold in advance of the opening of Macondo Banana Massacre Field set to expire on Monday, the Feesh are going to be even harder pressed to inflate the game-by-game attendance figures with no-shows. What kind of signal to those once enthusiastic, burned-feeling fans is a signing like this? Is this Scrooge McLoria’s way of showing his…er…commitment to the future?

    Oh brother.

    • ptfu - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      With ticket plan income set to fall even farther (and attendance too, if it can fall), I can’t imagine Scrooge McLoria raising payroll. Juan Pierre and Placido Polanco are off the books, but not Greg Dobbs–and the Feesh are going to need all of that money to pay Giancarlo Stanton in arbitration. A few others are also due arbitration raises, notably Steve Cishek. So in effect, will Greg Dobbs’ $1.7M salary push Loria into trading the Iron Giant?

  4. jwbiii - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    And he gets a raise. He’s probably staying in Miami because other teams would offer him more than an NRI.

    Greg Dobbs agreed to the $1.7M marlins extension in june. greg* is correct spelling. #fish— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 26, 2013

    • jwbiii - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      . . . no other teams. . .

  5. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    All Larry Beinfest needs to hope for now is that when he pulls the cord, the ‘chute will open for him.

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