05 January 2012
The Marlins have had a very busy day today. The team has signed pitcher Chad Gaudin to a minor league contract and tonight they have reportedly traded Chris Volstad to the Cubs in exchange for Carlos Zambrano. However it is the other move that has me most excited as the Marlins have resigned Greg Dobbs to a two year contract. Dobbs had a career high 411 at bats in 2011 and started 84 games for the Marlins. Last year he batted .275 with 8 home runs, 49 RBIs, and most importantly he hit .370 as a pitch hitter and was constantly coming up big for the Marlins when they needed him. With Hanley moving over to third in 2012 Dobbs will not get the starts and no where near as many at bats as he did 2011, but he will be turned to as a bat off the bench and a pitch hitter.
With the Marlins now solidifying their rotation and adding a clutch bat to their bench they should be all but done making moves this off season and barring several key injuries this looks to be a real contender to win the National League in 2012.
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