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Marlins sign Aaron Boone

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Meet this year's version of Wes Helms.

The Florida Marlins signed infielder Aaron Boone to a $925,000, one-year contract on Friday, a move that gives one of baseball's youngest clubhouses another veteran and additional depth.

Boone, who turns 34 next March, hit .251 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs in 104 games at third base last season for Cleveland. His deal with the Marlins could wind up being worth as much as $1.275 million, based on performance bonuses.

Boone, who will likely be the backup for Miguel Cabrera at third base for the Marlins, has also played second base and shortstop in his major league career.

While he has spent time at second and short, he is going to work with Perry Hill and learn to play first base.

"He gives us that right-hand bat off the bench," Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest said. "He can fill in at first and third. We're confident, based on the way he can play third, that with a little work with [infield coach] Perry [Hill], he will be fine [at first base]. We like the bat. He's got some power. And he gives us a little bit of experience off the bench, which we think is helpful."

While the Marlins are secure at third base with three-time All-Star Miguel Cabrera, Boone offers depth at that position. Boone projects to see most of his action at first base, either platooning with the left-handed-hitting Mike Jacobs, or being used as a late-inning defensive replacement.

That tells you all you need to know about Jacobs defensive skills when Boone, who has never played the position before, projects to be better at the position, defensively, after just one Spring Training.

I'm not sure how much pop he will provide since his slugging percentage has been dropping steadily since he left Cincinnati.  But he still hits lefties well.  So we shall see.

Boone is reportedly a good guy to have in the clubhouse and should provide some of the veteran leadership that the club needs.  All in all, a good signing to provide depth for next season's team.

Welcome aboard Aaron!

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