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Offishial news, 2/7/23: Jon Berti settles on salary; 2023 giveaway schedule

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes another ranking of the organization’s top prospects.


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  • This season’s Marlins giveaway schedule is dripping with nostalgia. In April alone, you can get a 30th anniversary car flag (Apr. 2), a short-sleeve hoodie celebrating the franchise’s two World Series championships (Apr. 16) and a reversible floppy hat with the Florida Marlins logo and colors (Apr. 30). There are also bobblehead giveaways on Jul. 9 and Aug. 27 featuring yet-to-be-announced Marlins alumni.
  • Jon Berti and the Marlins avoided an arbitration hearing. After he filed at $2.3 million and Miami filed at $1.9 million, they settled at the midpoint, according to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. He has a $3.5 million club option for 2024 that includes $625,000 in incentives based on total plate appearances this season. The option comes with a $25,000 buyout.

  • Carlos Beltrán will serve as a special assistant to Mets general manager Billy Eppler. He tried broadcasting last season (and wasn’t particularly good at it, in my opinion). Now, Beltrán returns to the organization that he spent seven seasons playing for.
  • Pool D of the World Baseball Classic—being hosted in Miami—continues to leak star power with the news of Puerto Rico’s Carlos Correa withdrawing from the tournament. Correa and his wife are due to deliver their second child around that time.
  • The Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team beat Duke easily on Monday with Jon Jay, Jazz Chisholm Jr., Avisaíl García and Jorge Soler in attendance.
  • Keith Law of The Athletic updated his Marlins Top 20 prospects list. Law’s emphasis on players’ ceilings has historically led to some unorthodox rankings, though his 2023 edition has a lot in common with the rest of the industry. He’s relatively high on Joe Mack (fifth-ranked Marlins prospect) and low on Nasim Nuñez (unranked).
  • The Marlins FanFest Caravan rolls on with two events today: a baseball to business breakfast at LoanDepot Park (8 a.m.) and Field Day at Doral Meadow Park (6 p.m.).
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