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Matt Downs agrees to terms with Marlins

         Utility player Matt Downs has agreed to terms with the Marlins on a minor league deal and invitation to spring training.

         The versatile 28-year-old spent last season with Houston, where he hit .202 while playing six different positions: all four infield spots and the two corner outfield positions. Downs had his best season in 2011 when he hit .276 with 10 home runs in 199 at bats for the Astros.

          For his career, Downs is a .230 hitter in four seasons with the Giants and Astros.