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Hensley Signs Minor League Pact With Marlins
12/15/2009 12:15 PM ET
Right-handed pitcher Clay Hensley, the Zephyrs team leader with a 3.24 ERA in 2009, has signed a Minor League contract to remain with the Florida Marlins.

Hensley was among five players who agreed to Minor League deals with the Marlins on Monday. Also signing were infielders Brian Barden and Donnie Murphy, and pitchers Scott Strickland and Matt Peterson.

The 30-year-old Hensley was picked up by the Marlins in May of last season and joined the Zephyrs rotation, where he went 8-4 in 19 starts. He pitched exceptionally well down the stretch, going 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA over his final seven starts, highlighted by a four-hit shutout at Iowa on August 29, the first nine-inning shutout by a Zephyr in more than seven years.

Hensley has appeared in 106 Major League games, the last coming with the San Diego Padres in 2008.

Barden, 28, appeared in 52 games with the St. Louis Cardinals last season, and 61 more with PCL champion Memphis.

Murphy, 26, is a .191 career hitter in 325 major league at-bats with the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics. He played in just three games with Triple-A Norfolk in 2009 before suffering a season-ending injury.

Strickland, 33, led the PCL with 32 saves for Albuquerque last season while posting a 2.98 ERA in 50 games. Strickland has a 3.34 ERA in 236 career big league appearances, last pitching in the Majors with the Houston Astros in 2005.

Peterson, 27, pitched in a team-high 56 games for Double-A Jacksonville last year, helping the Suns to the Southern League title. His 37 saves led the circuit.

All five signees were extended invitations to the Marlins' Spring Training camp in Jupiter, Fla., which opens in mid-February.

The Zephyrs open the 2010 season on Thursday, April 8 when they host the Round Rock Express at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Zephyrs at (504) 734-5155.

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