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Miami Marlins sign Jeremy Guthrie to minor league deal

Guthrie could join the Marlins rotation in the coming weeks.

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Miami signed veteran starter Jeremy Guthrie to a minor league deal Monday afternoon, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Guthrie, 37, opted out of his minor league contract with the Padres in early June.

The Marlins are known to be seeking starting pitching help behind Jose Fernandez, with Jarred Cosart and Justin Nicolino both pitching in Triple-A New Orleans. Miami is expected to pursue a trade for a starter in the coming weeks and was linked to Jake Odorizzi, Drew Pomeranz and Bud Norris last week.

While Guthrie might not be an upgrade over Nicolino or Cosart, or Paul Clemens, who has now made a pair of starts with the Marlins since being promoted, he could find himself in Miami’s rotation with a few productive outings.

Guthrie last appeared in the majors with the Royals last season, posting a 5.95 ERA and 5.61 FIP over 148.1 innings in Kansas City’s rotation.

Although he struggled with the Royals in 2015, Guthrie had a notable amount of success with the Orioles, Rockies and Royals between 2007 and 2014, when he posted a 4.18 ERA.

Guthrie was with Texas during Spring Training but signed with the Padres after not making the Rangers’ roster.