Hensley agrees, four Minor Leaguers sign
The Marlins on Monday reached agreement on a Minor League deal with right-hander Clay Hensley, who was 8-4 with a 3.24 ERA at Triple-A New Orleans this year.
Additionally, the club signed four players to Minor League contracts with Spring Training invitations. Infielders Brian Barden and Donnie Murphy signed, as did right-handers Scott Strickland and Matt Peterson.
Hensley has 106 games of big league experience. His last stint in the Majors was in 2008 with the Padres. The 30-year-old right-hander opened this year with Houston’s Round Rock Triple-A team, before he was picked up by the Marlins. He made 19 starts at New Orleans.
Barden, 28, appeared in 52 games for the Cardinals in 2009, and he added 61 games at Triple-A Memphis. He’s seen action in 84 big league games. He can play all four infield positions. Murphy also is a versatile infielder who has played second base, shortstop and third base. The 26-year-old broke in with the Royals in 2004.
Strickland, 33, last pitched in the big leagues with Houston in 2005, and he has 236 games of experience. He spent 2009 pitching for Triple-A Albuquerque in the Dodgers’ system, where he made 50 relief appearances. He had a 2.98 ERA.
Peterson is a 27-year-old who has never pitched in the big leagues. The right-hander was with Double-A Jacksonville, where he logged 56 games.
– Joe Frisaro