Former Gator signs with Miami Marlins

In this file photo, Cole Figueroa attempts to tag out Blake Swihart during Spring Training. Figueroa signed with the Marlins Saturday.

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Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8:33 p.m.

Former University of Florida shortstop Cole Figueroa signed with the Miami Marlins on Saturday. Figueroa received a major league contract, though the Marlins have optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans.

Figueroa, 29, signed in 2008 with the San Diego Padres as a sixth-round pick out of UF. He's been in the minor league system of the Padres, Rays, Yankees, Pirates and Dodgers. He's hit well in 2016 as a member of both the Dodgers and Pirates Triple-A squads, at .309. In 26 at-bats with the Pirates this year, he's collected only four hits.

Figueroa became a free agent earlier this week after rejecting an outright assignment to Triple-A from the Dodgers. Los Angeles claimed Figueroa off waivers from the Pirates two weeks ago. Figueroa has picked up just 84 major league trips to the plate, but he has produced a respectable .288/.356/.376 line in nearly 2,000 Triple-A plate appearances.

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