Marlins sign eight to Minors deals

Marlins sign eight to Minors deals

The Marlins beefed up their list of Spring Training invitees on Tuesday, announcing the signing of eight Minor League free agents and extending a Spring Training invitation to an additional 16 players.

The Marlins signed infielders John Lindsey and Andy Gonzalez, outfielders Jay Gibbons -- whose signing was reported Monday -- and Michael Ryan, right-handed pitchers Brian Sanches and Michael Wood, and left-handers Willie Collazo and John Koronka.

The following players were extended an invitation to the club's Spring Training home in Jupiter, Fla.: infielders Chris Coghlan, Matt Dominguez, Manny Mayorson and Logan Morrison; outfielders Scott Cousins, Alejandro De Aza, John Raynor and Michael Stanton; catchers Brad Davis, Miguel Fermin and 2008 first-round Draft pick Kyle Skipworth; right-handed pitchers Jose Ceda (acquired from the Cubs in the trade that sent Kevin Gregg to Chicago), Henry Owens and Brett Sinkbeil; and left-handers Aaron Thompson and Sean West.

With Dallas McPherson and Gaby Sanchez competing for a corner-infield spot this spring, Morrison -- last season's Florida State League MVP after batting .332 with 13 home runs and 74 RBIs for Class A Jupiter -- could be a candidate to win the starting first-base job.

As of now, the Marlins will have 64 players in big league camp this spring.

Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.