On the face of it, the Marlins would seem the least likely suitor for Alex Rodriguez. This team is balking at paying its superstar third baseman $11MM. A-Rod’s salary would be equal to the entire team’s 2007 payroll.
However, there is a small glimmer of a chance that the Marlins sign Rodriguez. He’s a Miami native. His star power could help Jeffrey Loria get a stadium (theoretically). And the team’s president of baseball operations and former GM, Larry Beinfest, wouldn’t rule it out when asked. Clark Spencer notes that the Marlins have been creative with contracts; what about a one-year, $40MM offer?
It’s still extremely unlikely. Signing A-Rod would require trading Miguel Cabrera or moving he or Hanley Ramirez to different positions. Also, Joe Capozzi’s team source denied interest even if Beinfest didn’t. Fun to think about, but this isn’t happening.