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Micah Owings looks to revive pitching career

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As first reported by SB Nation's Chris Cotillo, 31-year-old right handed pitcher Micah Owings has signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.

If he passes the physical, the plan will be to first report to extended spring training in Jupiter and then join the New Orleans Zephyers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Marlins later on.

Owings was first part of an Arizona Diamondback rotation that won the NL West title in 2007. He went 8-8 with a 4.30 ERA but became a fan favorite by hitting .333 and slugged .683 with four home runs and 15 RBI. He hit .304 in 2008 but that didn't make up for his 5.93 ERA and was later traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Adam Dunn's expiring contract in a futile effort to keep up with Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He became a reliever for the Reds and his hitting was obsolete. After two seasons, he returned to Arizona in 2011 and won the NL West title for the first time since his rookie year in 2007.

Injuries derailed his 2012 season with the Padres and spent last year in the minors lookin to transitioning from pitcher to first baseman. He hit .265 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in 57 games for the Tripple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals in Syracuse. Those are good numbers if he's a pitcher, but not for an every day first baseman.

As it is set up, the Marlins bullen has Brad Hand and Kevin Slowly as their long relievers, which is where Owings brings in the most value. No one bullpen stays the same throughout the season. So it would not be a surprise to see him in a Marlins uniform later in the summer.


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