Greg Dobbs before Friday's game said his desire to be part of an organizational renaissance drove his desire to pursue a contract extension.

Rather than test free agency Dobbs earlier this summer agreed on a one-year $1.7 million deal. Negotiations actually began at the Winter Meetings last December when the Marlins informed Dobbs they did not plan to trade him. Dobbs' agent at the time informed the club his client was interest in an extension. The interest was mutual.

Dobbs refuted reports that his former agent negotiated directly with owner Jeffrey Loria leaving ex-president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and general manager Michael Hill out of the loop.

As to why the deal was never announced Dobbs said that was his preference.

"It was a long process and there were a lot of things going on at the time in the organization so I understood there wasn't a pressing need to get it done" Dobbs said. "I wanted them to know that I wanted to be here and I wanted to help be a part of turning this organization around."