Marlins Hold Rights To Josh Booty

If by some odd chance Josh Booty turns into R.A. Dickey over the next 30 days, the Arizona Diamondbacks likely will be forced to bid him farewell.

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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