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Robert Andino gives Marlins valuable depth

He likely won't have a chance to win a job on the bench.

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Andino hasn't been a regular contributor in the majors since 2012. He has had success with the Marlins but likely isn't being considered for a bench spot.

Miami is notably familiar with Andino, who they drafted in the second round of the 2002 draft. His best season with the Marlins came in 2008, when he batted .206 to complement two home runs and nine RBIs.

Andino appeared in 109 games with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate in 2014, batting .217/.260/.311 in addition to seven home runs and 42 RBIs.

The Marlins signed Andino to a minor league deal in December, likely with the belief it would be a low-risk, high-reward scenario. Although Andino is unlikely to open the season with the Marlins, it still can be.

Andino gives the Marlins necessary depth if an injury lands on the disabled list early in the year.

As the Marlins prepare to face the Tigers on Opening Day, the club's infield appears to be set. Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechavarria will open the infield on the left side, and Justin Bour and Dee Gordon will play first and second base, respectively.

Derek Dietrich and Chris Johnson are the top candidates to open the season on the Marlins' depth, and as a result, Andino likely did not have an opportunity to earn a roster spot from the outset. The fact Dietrich is out of options might be enough to place him on the 25-man roster.

Over 26 spring at-bats, Andino has batted .346 and stolen a base. He does not posses much of a power bat but could prove to be valuable as a bench player at this point in his career.

If the Marlins need an infielder, Andino will likely be the first player considered. A solid spring will likely make that realistic.