Booty, winner of the MLB Network’s reality show, “The Next Knuckler,” technically belongs to the Miami Marlins, according to major-league sources.
The Marlins agreed to release Booty off their retired list, but only under the condition that they could reclaim him if the D-backs planned to add him to their major-league roster at the end of spring training, sources say.
Even if Booty only wanted to resume his career as a minor leaguer, the Marlins would get the first crack at him — they are the team that gave him a $1.6 million bonus after selecting him with the fifth pick of the 1994 draft.
Booty, 37, received a non-roster invitation to camp and a chance to make the Diamondbacks as his reward for throwing the best knuckleball on the reality series. Neither the D-backs nor Major League Baseball recognized initially that he had retired from the Marlins on Jan. 22, 1999.
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