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RHP Henry Rodriguez signs minor league deal with Marlins

     The Marlins have signed right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      HenryrodriguezRodriguez, 26, has spent five seasons in the majors with the A's, Nationals and Cubs, going 5-7 with 11 saves and a 4.24 ERA in 148 relief appearances. Rodriguez has averaged about one strikeout per inning over his career, but has also dealt with major control issues by walking an average of 6.2 batters per nine innings. If he makes the club, the Marlins might need to reinforce the fish aquarium behind home plate with an extra layer of bulletproof glass. Rodriguez led the majors in wild pitches in 2011 with 14 in only 65 innings of work.

     He'll be contending for a bullpen spot with the Marlins.

     The Marlins also announced Thursday that minor league second baseman Avery Romero had been extended an invtiation to spring training. Romero was the Marlins' 3rd-round pick in the 2012 draft. That puts the spring training roster at 64 players.