Signing Dobbs Marlins’ top priority
MIAMI — Exploring the market for a frontline starting pitcher is high on the Marlins’ shopping list.
But it’s not the club’s most immediate priority.
Right now, bringing back free agent Greg Dobbs is a main objective, and the team is hoping to finalize a deal done soon.
In 2011, Dobbs provided veteran leadership as well as some timely hits. Of late, the Marlins have been working on getting a deal done.
If they can lock up Dobbs before New Years, it would cap a highly productive month of December for the Marlins.
The Marlins made a big splash early in the month by signing free agents Heath Bell, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle.
Dobbs, a non-roster invitee with an invitation to Spring Training last year, enjoyed a highly productive 2011.
Initially, the 33-year-old was used as a left-handed bat off the bench, but he ended up getting regular playing time, mainly at third base.
He batted .275 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs in 411 at-bats.
As a pinch-hitter, Dobbs made a big impact, posting a .370 (10-for-27) batting average with a home run and eight RBIs.
If Dobbs comes back, he will fill the important role of left-handed bat off the bench.
The Marlins are not expected to sign any more big ticket free agents.
Miami is looking at trade possibilities for a starting pitcher, primarily a front of the rotation-caliber starter. The team isn’t seeking competition for the back end of the rotation.
A major trade is more likely to find a starter than signing a free agent.
From an organizational standpoint, the Marlins have hired Bobby Ramos as their Latin American player development coordinator.
Ramos, formerly the Rays bullpen coach, is taking on a new position in the organization.
— Joe Frisaro