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Green signs with his 12th organization

Nick Green hopes to be a part of the renamed Miami Marlins as they move into their new ballpark in 2012.

Amid the signings of free agents Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle, the addition of the well-traveled utility infielder drew almost no attention. But the Duluth graduate agreed to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training.

The Marlins are Green's 12th organization and the 33-year-old veteran will bid to make Miami his eighth major league team. He has played with the Braves, Rays, Yankees, Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers and Blue Jays.

Last season was only the second year since 2003 that Green didn't spend any time in the majors. He was in Class AAA all season, splitting time between Norfolk in the Baltimore organization and Round Rock in the Texas chain.

Green was the Red Sox's regular shortstop for most of the 2009 season before being sidelined by a nerve problem that required back surgery. He played just briefly in the majors with the Dodgers and Blue Jays in 2010.

With the Marlins, Green's main competition for a possible utility role should come from Donnie Murphy, who hit .185 in 36 games last season. Green can play second base, third base and shortstop as well as the outfield.

Miami signed Reyes, the National League batting champion last season with the Mets, to play shortstop and plan to move Hanley Ramirez to third base. Omar Infante returns at second base and speedy Emilio Bonifacio can play anywhere in the infield.

Green has a .237 career average with 16 homers and 96 RBIs in 392 major league games. He hit .273 in 95 games for the Braves as a rookie in 2004 and batted .239 in 111 games for the Rays the following season. His average for the Red Sox in 2009, when he played in 103 games, was .236. Most of his major league action has come at shortstop or second base.