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Marlins release Greg Dobbs, flush away $1.7 million

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 06: Greg Dobbs #29 of the Florida Marlins hits during a game against the New York Mets at Sun Life Stadium on September 6, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Back in September the Marlins signed Greg Dobbs to a one-year, $1.7 million contract extension that had people like me shaking their heads and now today they released the 35-year-old bench bat.

Dobbs had a grand total of 13 plate appearances this season, which means the Marlins a) completely changed their opinion of him in what would be three games worth of playing time for a starting player, and b) paid him about $130,000 per plate appearance. Or maybe c) didn’t want him in the first place, but owner Jeffrey Loria loves him.

He’ll likely land elsewhere as a part-timer, but Dobbs hasn’t topped a .725 OPS since 2008 and has hit a combined .254 with a .299 on-base percentage and .361 slugging percentage in 568 games since 2009.

Releasing him makes plenty of sense. Giving him $1.7 million in September is the odd part.

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