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Marlins Sign Four, Extend Spring Training Invitations

   The Marlins have signed infielders Brian Barden and Donnie Murphy and right-handed relievers Scott Strickland and Matt Peterson to minor-league contracts. All four were invited to spring training.

   Barden played second, third and shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals last season. and hit .233 in 103 at bats.Murphy last appeared in the majors with Oakland in 2008. Peterson saved 37 games for Double A Jacksonville in 2009. Strickland saved 32 games for Triple A Albuquerque (Dodgers) last season. He has made 236 relief appearances in the majors, none since 2005.