02/27/2013 5:07 PM ET
Booty still technically Marlins' property
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As Josh Booty was getting ready to pitch in an intrasquad game on Tuesday, D-backs pitching coach Charles Nagy told him about a report from FOXsports.com that Booty was technically still the property of the Marlins.
Booty, who is in D-backs camp as a non-roster invitee after winning "The Next Knuckler" show on MLB Network, was drafted by the Marlins in 1994 and inked to a then-record $1.6 million signing bonus with the stipulation that he not play football.
As it turns out, when he decided to leave baseball and pursue football in 1999, the Marlins put him on the restricted list, so he is still technically their property.
"When we did the show and I knew I was coming here, in the back of my mind I thought there might be a chance that I'm still a Marlin," Booty said. "But I didn't say anything because it's been 15 years."
According to D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall, Arizona and the Marlins have discussed the situation.
"It's not a big deal," Hall said. "When he retired, he was on their restricted list. The Marlins are OK. They said go ahead and use him how you want in the spring. Their concern is if he's Major League material, they either have the right to him or the right to a trade. That's OK, we'll cross that path when we need to."
Booty faced five batters and allowed one hit in an intrasquad game on Tuesday. There's no rush to decide on Booty's future at the moment, because he's still very much a work in progress.
"I think it's going to take me several months to get in the groove," Booty said. "I'm happy with what's going on. My arm strength is coming back."
If Booty shows enough potential this spring, the D-backs may have him pitch in the Minor Leagues.
"I think that's fine," Hall said. "The Marlins don't mind that."
Parra scratched from Wednesday's lineup
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra was scratched from the lineup Wednesday after complaining of slight pain in his throwing arm.
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said it was not anything serious, and that Parra would probably be back in the lineup on Thursday.
Parra, who will be leaving the club Sunday to join Venezuela's World Baseball Classic team in Florida, has played in the first three spring games.
Battling for playing time in a crowded outfield, Parra has made a couple of uncharacteristic errors. He has let the ball skip under his glove while charging in from the outfield twice.
Gibson said he was not concerned with the errors at this point, but noted that Parra, who won a Gold Glove Award in 2011, is simply being a little too aggressive charging balls in an effort to throw out baserunners.
"First of all, he's got a new glove, so he's not really comfortable with that," Gibson said. "It's a different feel. A broken-in glove lays down better when you put your glove down on the ground. He's definitely thinking about throwing a guy out. I had a talk with him the other day and said this part of Spring Training, let's just work on our exchange and come up and really try to hit the cutoff man."
And if Parra doesn't improve with the new glove soon, Gibson has a suggestion for what he should do with it.
"If it doesn't get better, those are the ones you hand away to charity," Gibson said.