Injuries have taken their toll on the Washington Nationals, and that has led the team to seek help from outside of the organization. The team’s official Twitter account announced the signing of infielder Greg Dobbs on Monday:
The #Nats have agreed to terms with 1B/OF Greg Dobbs on a Minor League deal.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 12, 2014
Dobbs, a long-time MLB journeyman, has bounced around several teams over the course of his career. Nationals fans will remember him mostly from his time with the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins.
In his 11-year career, Dobbs has compiled a slash line of .262/.307/.388 with 46 home runs and 272 RBI. He received 13 at-bats this season with the Marlins, though he only recorded one hit.
Given their slew of injuries, the Nationals were in dire need of veteran depth in the infield. Dobbs, should he prove himself in the minors, can step in to semi-regular time at both third and first while Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche heal from their respective injuries.
While not an impact signing, the acquisition of Dobbs is a solid one. It’s a low-risk, high-reward move for a roster that needs some help.