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Alex Rodriguez: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent 3B

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez follows through on an RBI double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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Alex Rodriguez's MLB career might not be over just yet. The Miami Marlins are reportedly considering bringing the slugger home following Giancarlo Stanton's season-ending injury.

Continue for updates.


A-Rod Looking to Own MLB Team

Thursday, Aug. 18

Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reported Rodriguez is unlikely to play in 2017 because he eventually wants to be part of an ownership group:

While he has an official go-ahead to play elsewhere from Yankees people (“God bless him,” is the way one Yankees connected person put it), and some say managing partner Hal Steinbrenner would really be OK with A-Rod donning another uniform, Rodriguez is probably smart enough to realize the best course for him is to make something of his advisory role with the Yankees, and continue to improve his relationship with Steinbrenner.

A-Rod’s big goal is to be part of an ownership group in baseball some day, and he knows he needs all the friends in high places he can get.


Publicist Comments on A-Rod's Future

Monday, Aug. 15

"I want to put all this talk to rest about Alex playing for any team this season," Ron Berkowitz, Rodriguez's publicist, said in a statement, via Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. "Like he said Friday night, he is happy, and he is going to take some time to relax and hang with his family and friends. It's not happening."


Marlins Not Ruling Out A-Rod as Stanton Replacement

Monday, Aug. 15

"I think we're going through that process right now," Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill said, per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. "We're putting our list together of options. [Rodriguez] is available, so he will be on that list. We'll see where that goes."

Hill continued, per Frisaro:

I have no idea what his interest level is to continue playing. He has something set up to move into the [Yankees'] front office. I don't know where his head is on that, but where we are now, this team has played too well for too long. We're right in the thick of this thing, and we're going to do everything in our power to help in any way we can. If it's him, or if it's someone else, we're going to try to find a way.

ESPN's Jim Bowden (via MLB Network Radio) believes Rodriguez will join the Marlins to play first base, but he noted he has to clear waivers first. However, MLB Network's Jon Morosi, citing a source, reported that although "nothing [is] imminent yet," the Marlins are "actively considering him."

Morosi noted that an "MLB team signing A-Rod today would owe him approximately $136,000 this year. Yankees total bill for season would be [approximately] $19.864 million."

Miami would be a poetic end for Rodriguez, who spent most of his formative years growing up in the city and still lives in the area. The Marlins are in desperate need of power in their lineup after Stanton was ruled out for the remainder of 2016 with a groin injury. They're second in the National League East at 61-56 and just 0.5 games out of the second wild-card spot.

With the Marlins being in the National League, A-Rod would have to play the field. He's done so just seven times since returning to the sport from his 2014 performance-enhancing drug suspension.


Rodriguez Struggled in 2016 Before Final Game with Yankees

The Yankees released Rodriguez, 41, on Saturday. He didn't rule out playing for another team when speaking to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports earlier this month.

"I never thought when I first entered Fenway Park as an 18-year-old that I would play for 10 years, forget 22 years," Rodriguez said Friday, per Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal. "I'm going to take some time for myself and nap."

Scheduled to make around $27 million for the remainder of 2016 and 2017, Rodriguez is currently lined up with a special adviser position with the Yankees until next December. It's unclear how that agreement might be impacted if Rodriguez chooses to play again.

A couple of issues present themselves, though. One, of course, is that Rodriguez wasn't helping anyone with his bat this season. His .200/.247/.351 slash line marked a career worst, and he totaled just 16 extra-base hits in 225 at bats.

    

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