Report: Dobbs Re-Signs For 2 Years

Troy Renck reports the Phillies have signed infielder Greg Dobbs to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. The Phillies have avoided arbitration with Dobbs.

A fine signing, indeed. Glad to have the game’s best pinch hitter locked in for two years.



  1. Manny

    January 16, 2009 at 7:03 pm


  2. Jason B.

    January 16, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    One down, more to go! I think it’s a good thing that Madson declined. He would be good trade bait at the deadline. As well as he erformed in the post season(which was spetacular), I still don’t know how reliable he will be long term. Also, after the expirament with him in the starting rotation a few years back, Madson has been known to be easily rattled for extended periods. I think 3 years would have been too long for him, however, 4 mil a year sounds about right. Unless he’s throwing high 90’s all season long, he will be hard pressed to get much more than that anywhere else.

  3. Jason B.

    January 16, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    oops, posted the response to the wrong thread. My bad.

  4. PtheBLovesTheBallGirls

    January 16, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    they just showed Werth at the sixers game, he might be in town cause he is working out a deal… i would keep an eye on that

  5. NEPA

    January 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm


  6. christopher

    January 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    one of the best moves so far this offseason.

  7. Griffin

    January 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Dobbs for 2 years $2.5 mil is a market value deal for a solid role player. Congrats to Dobbs and to the Phils. Solid move.

  8. Geoff

    January 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Thats a good, cheap, value signing. Nice move.

  9. Joe O'Phillie

    January 16, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Good to have him back. He is perfectly suited as a left ahnded bat off the bench.

  10. KM

    January 17, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Good move – Lock up the guys who won’t cost a ton first, see where you are at, then make Hamels an offer. I would hold off on Howard, see where he is next year, then either trade him, or give him a 3-4 year deal.

  11. KM

    January 17, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I think the move almost guarantees that either Stairs or Jenkins will be gone next season. The next move I’d like to see is the Phils sign Nomar.

  12. Malcolm

    January 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    According to mlbtraderumors, we just inked Hamels to a 3 years deal worth 20.5 million. I thought we might try to sign him long term after we made our moves on Victorino and Werth, or settle arbitration this year and sign a long term deal after this season. Who knows, maybe after 2009, Hamels would have been asking for a lot more.

  13. Mike B.

    January 17, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Love the Dobbs move. Best bench player on the team.

    I like the Hamels move, too. He’s only had one full injury-free season, so this is a relatively low-risk way to lock him up for awhile without having to worry about Ryan Howard-esque arbitration raises. Look at how much Howard got last year and he’s not as consistent as Hamels. We locked up our ace for three years Based on the experiences the Phils have had with arbitration in the past, this is a good move.

    When does Howard come off the books?

  14. Geoff

    January 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Buying out Hamels arb years is a Smart Move and it shows a good gesture. Theyre getting him a little cheap I think actually, because I thought hed make more in arb this year than 4.35M this year. It allows them to have a year or two of breathing space before having to start work on a long-term extension to cover the some of free agency years.

  15. Geoff

    January 17, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Howard is a free agent in two years…itd be nice to get him off the books before that so they could come up with long term deals for werth and victorino and maybe even myers or blanton. madsons already gone after this year that much is clear. i have to think amaro is working on multiyear deals for victorino and werth as well.

  16. Geoff

    January 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    THey basically signed this deal with Hamels to make him happy so they can have an inside track at signing him beyond his arb years.

  17. Malcolm

    January 17, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Good point, Geoff.

  18. Don M

    January 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    By Jon Heyman,

    Ace left-hander Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies have reached agreement on a three-year extension worth $20.5 million, has learned.

    The new deal will pay the Phillies’ World Series hero $4.35 million this coming season, then $6.65 million in 2010 and $9.5 million in 2011.

    Hamels’ base salary also will increase by $500,000 in any season after he wins a Cy Young Award and by $250,000 if he finishes second or third in Cy Young balloting.

  19. Chuck P

    January 19, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Dobbs… great move. One of the best LH utility/pinch hitters in the game.

    Hamels… good gesture.

    I think that this speaks volumes about where this organization has come. I mean, it has always been about working the system… understanding that you don’t need to sign players that are under control (all that does is increase your risk). What you end up with, though, are players that might not be eager to go that extra mile… you end up with unhappy players in April (players that are undoubtedly still thinking about the arbitration process). I honestly did not think they would sign Hamels beyond one year. Now that they did, I think that this relays a message to the team that the Phillies are committed to keeping the nucleus of this team in tact. They’re going to get another shot to win a championship together and we should be happy about that.

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