Marlins ink veteran outfielder Johnson to Minors deal

Marlins ink veteran outfielder Johnson to Minors deal

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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.