The Miami Marlins have signed right-handers Kevin Slowey and Mitch Talbot and utility player Matt Downs to minor league contracts.
Downs spent the 2012 season with the Houston Astros. The 28-year-old hit .202/.253/.371 with four doubles, one triple and eight home runs over 178 at-bats while manning all four infield positions as well as left and right field. Over parts of four seasons at the major league level, Downs has hit .230/.296/.406.
Slowey was acquired by the Colorado Rockies last offseason, only to be traded to the Cleveland Indians a month later. The right-hander did not make a major league appearance in 2012, as he started eight games for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate, maintaining an ERA of 5.14. The 28-year-old owns a career ERA of 4.66 over five seasons at the major league level.
Talbot has spent parts of the three seasons in the bigs, and the 29-year-old has posted a 5.30 ERA over 43 appearances, including 41 starts.