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Dobbs agrees to 2-year deal with Marlins

       The Marlins have bolstered their bench, agreeing to terms with corner infielder Greg Dobbs on a two-year deal, pending a physical. Dobbs, 33, revived his career last season with the Marlins. He hit .275 while appearing in 134 games, which included 84 starts at third base.

       With Hanley Ramirez shifting from shortstop to third base due to the arrival of Jose Reyes, the Marlins will plan to use Dobbs off the bench as a left-handed bat and insurance at the corner infield spots. That the Marlins signed a role player to a multi-year deal marks a change. Other than Wes Helms, they have refrained from offering such contracts to bench specialists. Prime example: they lost Ross Gload in free agency to the Phillies a few years ago because they were unwilling to give him more than one year.

       Dobbs was coming off two poor seasons with the Phillies when the Marlins signed him to a minor-league deal last spring. Dobbs played his way onto the Opening Day roster and proved to be one of their key contributors last season, especially while filling in at third base.