Marlins sign Kearns to minor league contract

The Miami Marlins have signed outfielder Austin Kearns to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kearns spent the 2011 campaign with the Cleveland Indians, appearing in 57 games with an even .200 batting average, two home runs and seven RBI.

A first-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 1998, Kearns has compiled 117 homers and 478 RBI with a .254 average in 1,019 games.