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Marlins sign Jason Wood, Brad Clontz, Mike Colangelo, and Mark Little


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Infielder Jason Wood, relief pitcher Brad Clontz, outfielder Mike Colangelo, and outfielder Mark Little, all of whom starred for the Isotopes in 2005, have signed minor league contracts with the Florida Marlins.


Jason Wood, 35, accompanied the Isotopes franchise on its move from Calgary in 2003 and has been a favorite of ?Topes fans ever since, playing in Albuquerque for all three years of the team's existence. In 2005, the infielder posted one of his best seasons, batting .301 with 21 home runs and 77 RBI while playing four different positions on the Isotopes infield, exploits that earned him team Most Valuable Player honors to go along with his 2003 team MVP award.


Outfielder Mike Colangelo, 29, re-joins the Marlins organization after a 2005 season that saw him bat .293 while belting 16 homers and driving in 55 runs, all despite battling a rib injury for most of the season. In August, Colangelo gave ?Topes fans a thrill by going on an unprecedented power streak, blasting a home run in six straight games, one shy of the Pacific Coast League record. In addition to starring on the field, Colangelo was a star in the Albuquerque community as well, earning the team's Community-Minded Award for the second straight year.


Like Colangelo, outfielder Mark Little, 33, also put up impressive numbers while enduring injury. Little began the season by hitting three homers in the third game of the season against Iowa and never looked back, racking up a .276 batting average with 18 homers and 52 RBI despite missing two months with a knee injury. After undergoing surgery, Little returned to the team in late August to rehabilitate his knee and reprise his role as the Isotopes' indispensable team leader.


Relief pitcher Brad Clontz, 34, joined the Isotopes on August 15 of last year after spending the season with the independent Somerset Patriots and quickly made a splash out of the ?Topes' bullpen, putting up a 0.69 earned run average in 13 innings over 11 games. The right-hander, who pitched for the Albuquerque Dukes in 1998, was a key cog in the Isotopes' playoff push in 2005, earning three saves in his last five appearances over the season's final 11 days.

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