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Posted: Monday December 12, 2011 7:16PM ; Updated: Tuesday December 13, 2011 1:50AM

Rowand signs minor league contract with Marlins

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MIAMI (AP) -- Aaron Rowand has agreed to a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins and will contend for a job as a backup outfielder.

The 34-year-old Rowand hit .233 with four homers in 108 games for San Francisco last season. His best year was 2007, when he batted .309 with 27 homers and 89 RBIs as an All-Star for Philadelphia.

Rowand, also a Gold Glove winner in 2007, was a key player for the Chicago White Sox when they won the 2005 World Series.

If he is added to the 40-man roster, Rowand will receive the major league minimum of $480,000, which would be offset from the $12 million he is owed in the final season of the $60 million, five-year deal the Giants released him from in September.

In another move, the Marlins and infielder Donnie Murphy agreed to a $560,000, one-year contract.

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