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Beato will do tribute to Marichal ... maybe

3/30/2011

After making the team, Rule 5 picks Brad Emaus and Pedro Beato will drop to more traditional numbers.

Emaus is switching from No. 68 to to No. 4.

Beato hopes to switch from No. 70 to No. 27, in part as a tribute to Juan Marichal. That isn't assured, though. Boof Bonser had that number, and with a decent chance he may be promoted from Triple-A Buffalo at some point this season, the Mets may want to keep the prepared number in reserve.

Beato lightheartedly said he has not provided an alternate number request, though.

"I'm not giving a second option," he said.