Marlins to sign Matt Downs

MIAMI — The Marlins are adding more infield depth with big league experience.

Miami is close to signing Matt Downs to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp.

The 28-year-old utility infielder spent the past three seasons with the Astros. In 2012, he appeared in 91 games and he batted .202 with eight home runs and 16 RBIs.

The past two seasons, Downs has combined for 18 home runs in just under 400 at-bats.

He can play all four positions in the infield, and he has also played in the outfield. Downs also is a pinch-hit option.

Downs was a 36th round pick of the Giants in 2006, and he has appeared in 254 MLB games in parts of four seasons.

Joe Frisaro

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