Marlins ink Montz and Ray

Two signings were announced the past few days for the Miami Marlins. The Marlins re-signed catcher Luke Montz and former big leaguer Robert Ray to minor league deals.

The 28-year-old Montz spent the 2011 season in Double-A Jacksonville. The former 17th rounder by the Expos hit .273 with 22 homeruns while splitting time behind the plate, first and the outfield for the Suns.

Ray, 27, has had big league time with Toronto in 2009 and 2010. The 6’4’’ righty posted a 4.18 ERA in seven scattered appearances during his two years with the Blue Jays. In 2011, Ray was removed from the 40-man roster in mid-May after starting the season on the minor league disabled list. He only appeared in 12 games last season between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas, showing an ugly 6.75 ERA combined.

Both Montz and Ray will provide minor league depth for a farm system that is at the moment very weak. Both should likely being 2012 in Triple-A New Orleans.

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