Austin Kearns agrees to minor-league contract with Marlins

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Austin Kearns has bounced around a lot, playing for four teams in the past three seasons, and the 32-year-old outfielder will now try to win a spot on the Marlins’ bench after agreeing to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kearns briefly looked like a future star in 2002 and 2003, but injuries sidetracked his development and he eventually settled in as merely a solid role player.

He’s a good defensive corner outfielder who can play center field in an emergency, but Kearns has cracked a .700 OPS just once in the past four seasons. He may end up battling fellow veteran minor-league signing Aaron Rowand for a backup outfielder gig.