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Marlins sign Ramon Cabrera to minor league deal

Cabrera gives the Marlins another catching option.

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Miami signed veteran catcher Ramon Cabrera to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, the club announced Thursday.

Cabrera, 27, spent the last two seasons with the Reds but didn’t have much offensive success. Over 13 games in 2015, he hit .367/.367/.500 with one home run and three RBIs. However, over 61 games last season, he hit .246/.279/.357 with three home runs and 23 RBIs.

Though the Marlins are not in need of catching depth, Cabrera might be an option to compete for a roster spot in Spring Training. Miami is expected to open the season with J.T. Realmuto and A.J. Ellis as its two catchers, but if Realmuto receives playing time at first base, it might be ideal to carry another catcher.

Tomas Telis could be the favorite to earn a roster spot with a productive spring, but Cabrera will likely be considered given his major league experience.