The 28-year-old lefty-hitting reservist split time between Triple-A Tacoma and Seattle, hitting .370 in 37 games with the Ms.
The former University of Oklahoma standout began the season at Tacoma and hit .314 with nine home runs, 55 RBIs and 14 SB in 99 games. In limited action over three big-league seasons, he’s a .257/.291/.351 hitter with two homers in 222 at bats. He's primarily considered a corner infielder, emergency outfielder and pinch hitter.
Beerleaguer: If it wasn’t clear already, it’s clear now: Pat Gillick loves the Seattle Mariners. That, and the Phillies are absolutely, positively uninterested in spending any more money, least of all for their bench. Whether it’s this pending business of arbitration, or some other mandate, expect only minor tinkering between now and spring. If Antonio Alfonseca and Karim Garcia pass their physicals, the 40-man roster will be filled.
If Greg Dobbs sounds like one of those faceless players from video game baseball, you’re not alone, but a few hopefuls will get to know his face quite well this spring. Things just got interesting for a list of bench candidates, including Randall Simon, Karim Garcia and Chris Roberson. Even Chris Coste could be feeling the heat. Dobbs is younger, plays first and third, swings from the left and has the bonus ability to patrol the outfield in a pinch. Though his Major League experience has been minimal, his 121 big-league innings at 3B are indeed 121 more than Coste. Our resident Seattle fan, Deanna, had this to say earlier:
“I was actually a little bit surprised that Bavasi put Dobbs on waivers, but I guess the Mariners decided he was expendable when they signed Sean Burroughs to a minor league deal … Dobbs is a reasonable lefty bench bat, can play the corners and a little bit of outfield as well, and is probably better off in the NL where pinch-hitters and part-time players get more playing time anyway."
The club has wasted no time in adding Dobbs to the 40-man roster, and a proactive Web designer at Phillies.com already Photoshoped a Phillies hat on Dobbs' mugshot.
Dobbs or no Dobbs, expect plenty of pink slips this spring. They’ve got enough fringe players to field two Triple-A teams.