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Marlins ink veteran outfielder Johnson to Minors deal

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MIAMI -- Reed Johnson finds himself in a similar situation as a year ago. The 38-year-old outfielder is being given an opportunity without a guarantee to latch on with the Marlins.

Miami on Tuesday announced that Johnson has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The club now has 66 players heading to Spring Training, which opens on Friday with the first pitchers and catchers workouts.

MIAMI -- Reed Johnson finds himself in a similar situation as a year ago. The 38-year-old outfielder is being given an opportunity without a guarantee to latch on with the Marlins.

Miami on Tuesday announced that Johnson has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The club now has 66 players heading to Spring Training, which opens on Friday with the first pitchers and catchers workouts.

A year ago, Johnson was in the same boat, and he won the job as Miami's fourth outfielder and a pinch-hitter off the bench.

In 113 games in 2014, Johnson batted .235 with two home runs and 25 RBIs. Pinch-hitting, he was 16-for-67 (.239).

A 12-year veteran, Johnson enters a competitive situation this spring. Miami signed Ichiro Suzuki as its fourth outfielder.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro.

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