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Marlins Continue Bullpen Overhaul, claim Meyer off waivers

              DANA POINT, Calif. -- The Marlins made a minor ripple as the general managers' meetings opened Monday, claiming left-handed pitcher Dan Meyer off waivers from the Oakland A's.


              Larry Beinfest, president of baseball operations for the Marlins, said Meyer would contend for a bullpen spot.

              "Our reports are that we think he can pitch out of the pen," Beinfest said.

              Meyer, 27, was a first-round pick for the Atlanta Braves in 2002 and was traded to Oakland in 2004 in the Tim Hudson deal.

              Meyer went 0-4 with a 7.48 ERA in 11 games (four starts) last season for the A's, but went 10-5 in 20 starts at Triple A Sacramento.

              "We liked him in the past when he was a prospect with the Braves," Beinfest said.

              The Marlins have targeted bullpen help early in their offseason maneuverings. They traded first baseman Mike Jacobs to Kansas City last week for right-handed reliever Leo Nunez.