Marlins sign outfielder Kearns to Minors deal
Slugger to bring experience to big league camp next month
MIAMI -- The Marlins are bringing more veteran experience to Spring Training.
The team announced on Wednesday the signing of outfielder Austin Kearns to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.
The 31-year-old was in Cleveland last year, where he appeared in 57 games, logging 150 at-bats, while hitting .200 with two homers and seven RBIs. The Indians designated Kearns for assignment last Aug. 12.
A first-round pick of the Reds in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, Kearns made his MLB debut with Cincinnati in 2002. He was dealt to the Nationals during a 2006 season in which he combined for 24 homers and 86 RBIs -- his most productive campaign. He also has played briefly for the Yankees in 2010.
Kearns will be in the mix for a reserve outfield spot when Marlins position players begin workouts on Feb. 26 in Jupiter, Fla. He also could contribute as a right-handed pinch-hitter.
Kearns is a .254 career hitter in parts of 10 big league seasons, with 117 home runs and 478 RBIs.