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Marlins release Greg Dobbs, flush away $1.7 million

May 6, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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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.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    They had to release someone.

    It gets embarrassing when you have more players on the bench in the dugout than people in the stands.

    • Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Unless the Feesh tank on the upcoming road trip – which, of course, they have shown a propensity to do this season – the attendance at Macondo Banana Massacre Field will continue to increase. It usually spikes when El Keed pitches but the terrific 8-1 homestand they just completed has some folks who were fencesitting more alert right now. I personally won’t spend any money to go to the games as long as Scrooge McLoria contaminates Macondo with his ownership, but I do drive past the stadium pretty often on the 836 en route home from the world famous Luna Star Cafe in North Macondo, and I can tell you that there has been a noticeable increase in traffic at game’s end for this past homestand. I would rather see the corrupt, lying, bloodsucking SOB ridden out of town on a rail but let’s face it: if the team plays well, people will show up.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Quit getting your facts and possibly accurate observations all over my zingers.

  2. echech88 - May 6, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Going to be really interesting to see how the Marlins spend $$ now that they look like a potential wild card contender for the next 4 years or so. Surely they can afford to add a decent free agent or acquire a bigger-ish salary in a trade if it represents an upgrade.

    • spursareold - May 6, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      What they can afford and what Loria will spend are two COMPLETELY different things.

      • echech88 - May 6, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        Yes, exactly. What I meant was it will be interesting to see the BS he comes up with to explain why he still isn’t spending despite their window opening

    • pelumaad - May 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      The Marlins haven’t really made out very well with free agents. Saltalamacchia and McGeehee being exceptions. They’re much better at bringing up the young guys .Heaney should be this year’s sensation and Reed Johnson must know he ‘s just keeping Marisnick’s seat warm. It looks like they’re finally recovering from Fredi Gonzalez.

      • Old Gator - May 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        Perhaps, but they still have a way to go to recover from Slobbering Ozzie.

  3. gothapotamus90210 - May 6, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Relatively speaking, that contract was more of a head-scratcher than any of Amaro’s deals.

  4. anstett - May 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    He does still have the lead for pinch hits by an active player.

    I would guess someone picks him up just for that purpose alone.

  5. rcali - May 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Doesn’t Clayton Kershaw make that per start?

  6. flyinhighwithvick - May 7, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    I’d suggest the Phillies sign him, but he’s too young.

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