1:30pm: MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro tweets that a pursuit of Rodriguez is largely dependent on how long Miami expects first baseman Justin Bour to remain on the disabled list. Bour has been out since July 6 with an ankle sprain.
12:41pm: The Marlins have at least had some internal discussions about signing Alex Rodriguez once he is formally released by the Yankees this weekend, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Heyman notes, however, that there’s no real evidence yet that A-Rod’s hometown team will try to sign him. Meanwhile, the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson tweets that he was told earlier this week that while a signing shouldn’t be considered likely, it shouldn’t be completely ruled out, either.
Heyman adds that a Rodriguez signing almost certainly wouldn’t be able to happen until after rosters expand on Sept. 1, which makes some sense. At age 41, Rodriguez can’t be counted upon to play defense with any sort of regularity, if at all (he hasn’t taken a single inning in the field this year). As such, dedicating a precious 25-man roster spot to a strict pinch-hitter in the midst of a playoff push would be an ill-advised move. Owner Jeffrey Loria is a Rodriguez fan, Heyman points out, but the Marlins didn’t show any interest in picking up Rodriguez prior to the non-waiver trade deadline.
Rodriguez will be released on following Friday’s game, as the Yankees announced last week. He’ll become a special advisor and instructor within the organization following his release, but A-Rod wouldn’t rule out the possibility of signing with another team if there was interest. With a .203/.251/.355 batting line on the season, he’s looked overmatched at the plate, but he is less than a year removed from batting .250/.356/.486 with 33 homers in 151 games in 2015. He’ll still be owed $25.5MM through the end of his contract at the time of his release, but the Yankees will be on the hook for that sum. A new team would need only pay Rodriguez the pro-rated portion of the league minimum for any time spent on the roster once he clears release waivers.