Miami Marlins' Nick Green throws during an intrasquad spring training baseball game Sunday, March 4, 2012, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
For one of the few times in Nick Green's baseball odyssey, it's won't be a new year and a new team.
The 34-year-old Duluth graduate re-signed with Miami as a free agent and will go to spring training with a good chance to stick on the major league roster as the Marlins' backup middle infielder.
Miami became Green's eighth major league team and 12th organization last year. He was called up by the Marlins after hitting .344 with 12 homers in 63 games for Class AAA New Orleans and was getting playing time before suffering a left thumb injury Aug. 12 that ended his season.
With Miami undergoing a massive roster change, youngsters Adeiny Hechavarria and Donovan Solano will go to spring training as the front-runners to start at shortstop and second base, respectively.
Green broke in with Atlanta in 2004 and has spent parts of seven seasons in the major leagues. In addition to the Braves and Marlins, he has played with the Rays, Yankees, Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers and Blue Jays.
Green was Boston's regular shortstop in 2009 when his season was cut short by back problems that led to surgery. He hasn't spent a full year in the majors since and his best season at the plate remains his rookie year with the Braves, when he hit .273 in 95 games.
Gustafson joins Rockies
Former Parkview and Georgia Tech pitcher Tim Gustafson signed with Colorado as a free agent after spending a season and a half in the Cincinnati organization following his release by the Braves.
The right-hander was a combined 7-9 with a 5.39 ERA last year with Class AAA Louisville and Class AA Pensacola.
Gustafson, who turned 28 on Dec. 29, was 7-6 with a 5.70 ERA in 14 games with Gwinnett in 2010.
Colorado's Class AAA team is at Colorado Springs in the Pacific Coast League.