Dobbs signs 2-year deal with Phillies

The Phillies signed Greg Dobbs to a 2-year deal worth $2.25 million, avoiding his first 2 years of salary arbitration.

Dobbs, 30, hit .301 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 128 games last season. As a pinch-hitter, he batted .355 with two home runs and 16 RBI and led the big leagues in pinch hits (22) and finished second in RBI. Dobbs’ 22 pinch hits set a Phillies; single-season record.

During his two seasons with the Phillies, Dobbs has batted .327 as a pinch-hitter with four home runs and 34 RBI.

“Over the past two seasons, Greg has been one of the best pinch-hitters in the game and has also contributed significantly as a third baseman,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said in a statement.

Dobbs has a career average of .276 with 21 home runs and 127 RBI in 370 games with the Mariners (2004-06) and Phillies (2007-08). He was claimed off waivers by the Phillies in January of 2007.

Dobbs' signing leaves the Phillies with seven players still eligible for salary arbitration. The Phillies and the players will exchange salary figures by Monday and then hearings are scheduled to begin Feb. 1.