The Miami Marlins have re-signed impending free agent Greg Dobbs to a one-year, $1.7 million contract, as first reported by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. The infielder/pinch-hitter agreed to come back to Miami in June, but the deal was not made public until Thursday.
Dobbs, 35, has hit .229 with 2 HR and 22 RBI in 112 games with the Fish this season, and has seen significant playing time at first base in the absence of starter Casey Kotchman. He has also been used as a defensive replacement in the outfield in the second season of the two-year, $3 million deal that he signed with Miami before the 2012 season.
In ten major league seasons with the Mariners (2004-2006), Phillies (2007-2010) and Marlins (2011-2013), Dobbs is a lifetime .263 hitter with 46 HR and 272 RBI. His best season came in 2008, when his .301 average and .333 on-base percentage off the bench helped the Phillies win their first World Series since 1980.
With Dobbs locked up for 2014, the Marlins have four remaining pending free agents as the season comes to an end. Veterans Placido Polanco, Austin Kearns, Juan Pierre and Chad Qualls will all be free to sign with any team once the World Series is completed.