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Marlins, Matt Downs near deal

Miami is close to bringing the free-agent infielder to South Beach.

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Marlins are closing in on a minor-league contract with free-agent infielder Matt Downs, reports Joe Frisaro of

More infield depth with big league experience could be joining the Marlins in Spring Training.

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

Downs, 28, spent the last two-plus seasons in a part-time role with the Houston Astros, getting most of his playing time at the infield and outfield corner spots. The right-handed hitter batted .235/.298/.432 with 18 home runs in 434 plate appearances in his stint with Houston, showing a glimpse of the power he demonstrated in the Giants' farm system.

While Downs spends most of his time on the infield -- where he has played all four positions -- he also has some experience patrolling the outfield grass, which could make him a valuable asset off the bench for the Marlins. Several of Miami's corner players -- Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison, Placido Polanco -- have battled injuries of late, so Downs could fill in at any of their three positions if needed.