Narveson, 7 others sign Minors contracts with Marlins

Solano, Brignac, Gillespie, Wilson, Reid, Chaffee, Urckfitz invited to Spring Training

Narveson, 7 others sign Minors contracts with Marlins

SAN DIEGO -- Seeking as much left-handed pitching depth as possible, the Marlins have signed Chris Narveson to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

The team on Tuesday announced eight non-roster invitees, with the list also including catcher Jhonatan Solano and utility infielder Reid Brignac.

Also getting invited to camp are lefty Pat Urckfitz, right-handers Ryan Reid and Ryan Chaffee and outfielders Cole Gillespie and Kenny Wilson.

Narveson, 32, broke in with the Cardinals in 2006, and from 2009-13, he was with the Brewers. In 97 career games, he's made 63 starts and is 26-18 with a 4.65 ERA.

"Narveson was a highly regarded left-handed pitcher," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "He's pitched in the big leagues. We like the depth he provides us. He will come to camp and we'll see how he fits."

Solano, the brother of second baseman Donovan Solano, played in 36 games with the Nationals in 2012-13. He's a solid defensive catcher who hit .217 with two homers and eight RBIs in 83 at-bats.

Miami was seeking experienced big league depth behind the plate after Rob Brantly was claimed by the White Sox on Monday.

Gillespie, 30, has played in parts of four big league seasons with the D-backs, Giants, Cubs, Mariners and Blue Jays. He has a career .230 batting average with four homers and 25 RBIs.

Gillespie's sliding grab

The Marlins are thin with regards to outfield depth. Enrique Hernandez plays the outfield, but he may end up competing for the second-base job. Gillespie plays all three outfield spots.

"Right now on our [40-man] roster, we only have three outfielders, technically," Hill said. "Gillespie adds some protection in the outfield."

Brignac, 28, has played with the Rays, Rockies, Yankees and Phillies from 2008-14. He will compete for a utility spot.

Urckfitz, 26, has been in the Astros' system since 2008, and he pitched at Double-A and Triple-A last year.

Chaffee, 26, is from Marianna, Fla., and he was drafted by the Angels in the third round in 2008. He reached the Triple-A level in 2014.

Wilson, 24, is a Tampa, Fla., native who was in Oakland's system a year ago.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.