The Phillies designated third baseman Greg Dobbs for assignment to make room for Chase Utley, tweets Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Dobbs, 32, hit just .191/.250/.319 in 153 plate appearances this year.
Dobbs had a nice run for the Phillies in 2007-08, hitting .284/.331/.467 in 598 plate appearances mostly against right-handed pitching. The Phillies gave Dobbs a two-year deal before the '09 season, when he first became arbitration-eligible. There is a general, worrisome trend of the Phillies giving players extra years or locking up arbitration-eligible players when it wasn't entirely necessary.