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Marlins ink right-hander Chris Sampson to minors contract

Apr 23, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

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Players breaking news on Twitter is kind of a funny modern phenomenon.

Chris Sampson did just that on Saturday afternoon, announcing that he has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the Marlins.

The 32-year-old right-hander spent all of spring training with the Rockies but was cut just before Opening Day and took a few weeks off before finding work again. He will presumably report to the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans and serve as organizational relief depth.

Sampson posted a rough 5.93 ERA and 1.68 WHIP across 32 appearances last season for the Astros, striking out only 16 and walking eight.

He has a 4.42 career ERA in five major league seasons.

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