The Miami Marlins claimed Jimmy Paredes from the Astros on Monday.
The 24-year-old played in 118 games with Houston from 2011-13, hitting .234 with three home runs and 31 RBI.
In 2013 the 6-3, 200-pounder played in a career-high 48 games but batted .192 with four doubles, one home run and 10 RBI. He has experience at both corner outfield positions as well as third base and second base. In 47 games — 45 starts — at third, he has committed five errors and helped turn six double plays.
At Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2013, Paredes hit .287 with 21 doubles, six triples, eight home runs, 16 stolen bases and 37 RBI in 86 games.
Miami is in need of a stopgap at the third base next season as 2013 top pick Colin Moran gains experience in the minors. Chris Coghlan, the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year, appears to be the frontrunner.
The New York Yankees originally signed Paredes, arbitration eligible in 2016, as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2006.