Dobbs, Hill sign Minor League deals

The Marlins have another candidate to challenge for the left-handed bat off the bench role.

Greg Dobbs, who has spent the past four seasons with the Phillies, has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

The 32-year-old also is a candidate to play either first or third base. In 88 games with the Phillies last year, Dobbs batted .196 with five homers and 15 RBIs.

Dobbs’ best seasons were in 2007 and 2008. In ’07, he batted .272 with 10 homers and 55 RBIs in 142 games. On Philadelphia’s 2008 World Series title team, Dobbs appeared in 128 games and he belted nine homers while driving in 40 runs. He batted .301 that season.

Dobbs has 292 career pinch-hit at-bats, and he has a .250 average in that role. But last year, he struggled and was 6-for-49 as a pinch-hitter.

The Marlins on Monday also officially announced the signing of right-hander Shawn Hill to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

– Joe Frisaro

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