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The Offishial Show Episode 115: Stop the Jon Berti Slander

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Covering a potpourri of hot Marlins topics, from Jon Berti’s season to Starling Marte’s contract status.

Jon Berti #5 of the Miami Marlins rounds third base during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at loanDepot park Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Ely Sussman reacts to Starling Marte’s reported interest in a contract extension, the Marlins’ decision to stick with Jon Berti rather than sell high on him, the ongoing struggles of the back end of the starting rotation, and Garrett Cooper’s back injury.

Enjoy Episode 115!

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Craig Mish’s report that Marte “wants to stay with the Marlins and end his career here” is obviously exciting. However, be wary of any negotiations that happen through the media. Marte’s 2021 performance—.337/.439/.547, 172 wRC+ in 26 G—is not representative of his full major league career. As sensible as this fit may be moving forward, the Fish won’t (and shouldn’t) let themselves be pressured into meeting an inflated asking price for a soon-to-be 33-year-old.

There will be plenty of discourse this summer regarding Marte. Ultimately, I expect him to test free agency.

The key for Berti to reclaim his 2019-2020 level of production at the plate is to lower his groundball rate. That alone should give his balls in play a better chance of finding holes in the defense.

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