In addressing their need for bullpen help, the Marlins on Friday signed right-handers Derrick Turnbow and Jose Veras to minor league deals and inviting both to spring training.
Turnbow is the most intriguing of the two. He saved 39 games for the Brewers in 2005 to go with a 1.74 ERA before his career went into a nosedive. He has logged only 30 innings over the past two seasons due to rotator cuff injuries.
But the Marlins liked what they saw of the 32-year-old pitcher when he worked out recently in front scouts representing more than a dozen teams.
Marlins general manager Mike Hill said one of the team's Arizona scouts walked away impressed from Turnbow's workout.
"Arm strength was good throwing up to 95," Hill wrote in a text message. "Slider was sharp and tight. Wants to show he's back to former All-Star form."
Veras has made 128 relief appearances with the Indians and Yankees over the past five seasons, compiling an overall record of 9-6 with a 4.42 ERA.
The Marlins also signed infielder Danny Richar to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training. Richar has played at second, shortstop and third base over parts of the past three seasons with the Reds and White Sox.
If Turnbow can regain the form he showed in '05 with the Brewers, he could provide insurance if Leo Nunez doesn't work out in the closer's role.
Turnbow turned his success in '05 into a 3-year contract extension totaling $6;5 million and 2006 All-Star selection. But he lost his command that season, followed by his confidence, and finally the closer's job with Milwaukee.
He has not pitched in the majors since 2008 and has been limited to sporadic duty in the high minors the past two seasons. He appeared in just eight games at Triple A Oklahoma City (Texas) last season.
Over the past two seasons, Turnbow has walked 63 batters in just 30 2/3 innings at the major- and minor-league levels.