Marlins ink Andino, Patton to Minors deals

Infielder, lefty reliever invited to Major League Spring Training

MIAMI -- Robert Andino, a Miami native and a second-round Draft pick of the Marlins in 2002, is getting an opportunity to revitalize his big league career with his hometown team. The 31-year-old infielder signed a Minor League deal with the Marlins with an invitation to Spring Training.

Andino has spent parts of nine seasons in the Majors, last appearing with the Mariners in 2013. The Marlins also signed lefty reliever Troy Patton to a Minors deal with a Spring Training invitation.

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Drafted as a shortstop, Andino enjoyed his best MLB seasons in a utility role with the Orioles from 2009-12. He broke in with the Marlins in 2005, and he was with the club through '08. He was traded to Baltimore for right-hander Hayden Penn at the end of Spring Training in 2009.

Andino has a career slash line of .232/.294/.318.

Patton, 30, was a ninth-round pick of the Astros in 2004, and the left-hander last pitched in the big leagues in '14, making 17 relief appearances with the Orioles and Padres.

In parts of six big league seasons, he's logged 169 innings in 151 games with a 3.25 ERA.

Patton spent 2015 with Triple-A Omaha in the Royals' system. The southpaw had a 2.37 ERA in 30 1/3 innings.

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