The Miami Marlins re-signed versatile utility man Don Kelly to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Kelly began his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2007 but spent the majority of his career with the Detroit Tigers. Kelly was a Tiger from 2009-2014 and developed quite a following in Detroit.
Kelly only appeared in two games for the Marlins last season, logging one plate appearance. The 35-year-old suffered a significant tear in his elbow and had to undergo Tommy John Surgery in July. It is rare but not at all unheard of for position players to undergo the procedure, and their rehab time tends to be much quicker than for a pitcher. Still, it is unclear whether Kelly will be ready to go when the season begins.
A career .232/.296/.335 hitter, Kelly is lauded for his versatility. He has appeared at all nine positions in his career, and will likely provide the Marlins with bench depth and veteran leadership once healthy.