Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notebook: Marlins to Honor Fernandez, Announcer

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notebook: Marlins to Honor Fernandez, Announcer

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Marlins to honor Fernandez, announcer

All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez and Hall of Fame radio announcer Rafael "Felo" Ramirez will be honored by the Miami Marlins with plaques on the plaza at Marlins Park.

Fernandez died in a boat crash in September 2016. Ramirez died at 94 in August.

"Jose, on the field, and Felo, in the booth, each left a lasting legacy," Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said Thursday. "We wanted to commemorate them with plaques on the West Plaza for our fans and family members. Their memories will live on in our hearts and in our community."

Last season the Marlins encased Fernandez's clubhouse locker in glass. That tribute will be discontinued, and plans announced by previous team owner Jeffrey Loria to erect a statue of Fernandez have been abandoned.

Astros renew deals for Correa, Bregman * Houston renewed the contract of shortstop Carlos Correa for the second straight year and also renewed third baseman Alex Bregman's deal.

Correa was given a $1 million salary while in the major leagues by the World Series champions. In the unlikely event he is sent to the minors, his salary would drop to $267,500.

Correa earned the $535,000 major league minimum last year, when he was a first-time All-Star and hit .315 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs in 109 games. His salary in the minors would have been $258,350.

Bregman was renewed at $599,000 in the major leagues and $269,700 in the minors, up from $539,400/$97,063 last year. He hit .284 with 19 homers and 71 RBIs.

Correa will be eligible for salary arbitration after next season and Bregman after the 2019 season.

Nunez like to start at 2B for Boston * Eduardo Nunez is likely to be the opening-day second baseman for the Red Sox while Dustin Pedroia recovers from offseason knee surgery.

"He's a guy that he can play a lot of positions, but we know the situation we're in and we know where Dustin is," manager Alex Cora said Thursday. "It looks that way."

Nunez would be the first player other than Pedroia to start a Boston opener at second since Mark Loretta in 2006. …

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