The Winter Meetings are long over, but the Washington Nationals off season continues and they continue to look for pieces that would make them progressive and competitive in a NL East division that has gotten stronger. Currently the Nationals are expressing interest in 33-year old Greg Dobbs for their bench, according to a source.
Dobbs is a left-handed hitter coming off a strong year with the Miami Marlins where he hit .275 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs. Dobbs was also a part of the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies championship team so he has "been there, done that" and his experience only makes him more attractive to GM Mike Rizzo and the Nationals. If the Nationals were to sign Dobbs, he would be reunited with fellow player and friend Jayson Werth who was also on the 2008 Phillies team.
Dobbs' name joins a growing list of potential bench players for the Nationals. Over the past couple weeks the Nats have also expressed interested in super-utility man Willie Harris and Mark DeRosa who can also play multiple positions. The Nationals had a sub par bench in 2011 and will need improvements in 2012.
Considering the Nationals off season thus far, bench players won't satisfy the growing appetites of the fans nor settle their annoyance at the lack of action on the transaction front this winter, but at this point the Nationals will probably have to take what they can get.