Last Saturday, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock announced that the Phillies and pinch-hitter extraordinaire and sometimes 3rd baseman Greg Dobbs inked a 2-year, $2.5 million deal. Yesterday, sources indicated that outfielder Jayson Werth has a 2-year, $10 million deal and and that middle reliever Chad Durbin is on-board with a 1-year deal worth $1,635,000.
MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez describes Dobb’s 2008 season:
Greg Dobbs finished the 2008 season with just 226 at-bats, less than half of what a full-time major league player usually accumlates over the course of a 162-game season. Yet Dobbs’ .301 batting average, nine home runs, and 40 RBI played a pivotal role in the Phillies’ second straight National League East championship, which they parlayed into a playoff run for the ages, during which the utility infielder and pinch-hitter extraordinaire went 7-for-14 at the plate.
Dobbs and the Phillies agreed to a contract that will pay the utility infielder $2.5 million over 2 years, buying out his first 2 years of arbitration and giving one of the unheralded stars of the 2008 championship team some financial stability.
For the record, Dobbs doesn’t expect his role to be much different from what it was last year, when he led all major leaguer pinch-hitters with 22 hits and was second with 16 RBI.
With Pedro Feliz, back from off-season surgery, as the starting 3rd baseman and newly signed veteran lefthanded hitting Raul Ibanez seemingly noe a fixture in leftfield, Dobbs’ role seems once again to be as a back-up, sometimes late-inning replacement in leftfield and as a pinch-hitter.
AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston reports his source’s disclosure of Werth’s deal, gives background on the rightfielder’s 2008 season and recalls Durbin’s 2008 season:
Werth’s deal was disclosed by a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because it is subject to a physical. Werth will receive a $1 million signing bonus, $2 million this season and $7 million in 2010.
He hit .273 with 24 home runs and 67 RBIs for the World Series champions, and would have been eligible for free agency after the season.
Durbin went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in a career-high 71 appearances last season, his first with the Phillies. He led NL relievers in innings (87 2-3) and appeared in six playoff games.
“Chad came to Philadelphia and in his first season of being a full-time reliever helped solidify what we believe to be one of the best bullpens in baseball,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.
With 7 of 8 players avoiding arbitration hearings, only 1st baseman Ryan Howard remains on the Phils’ arbitration docket. On Tuesday, the slugger who hit 48 homers and drove in 146 runs in 2008, has hit 177 homers in 4 seasons but has struck out 692 times in that span asked for a raise from $10 million (2008 arbitration award) to $18 million. The two sides are $4 million apart as the Phils offered $14 million.