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Marlins sign Mike Aviles to a minor league deal

Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Mike Aviles #14 of the Detroit Tigers bats against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 15, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Tigers 5-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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The Marlins have signed utilityman Mike Aviles to a minor league contract, Tim Healey of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Aviles will continue working in extended spring training for a few more games before reporting to Triple-A New Orleans.

Aviles, 36, played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, batting .600 with five singles, a triple, and three RBI in 10 at-bats. The veteran, however, remained unsigned until Sunday. Aviles played for the Tigers last year, but hit a meager .210/.258/.269 in 181 plate appearances.

The Marlins are dealing with injuries to two infielders, Martin Prado and Miguel Rojas, which could make Aviles a potential option. J.T. Riddle is the Marlins’ first option as a replacement.

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