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A-Rod a Marlin?

You have got to be kiddin' me.  Personally, I think Ken Rosenthal needs to stay out of Mark Sweeney's locker.  In Mr. Rosenthal's piece entitled "Possible options for A-Rod in '08", he list various possibilities for A-Rod with one being:

Marlins: Obviously, the idea would be feasible only if they got a new ballpark, and even then it might be a stretch. But imagine if the Marlins brought Rodriguez home to Miami as their marketing centerpiece. The city could become a hot baseball market instead of a dormant one.

The Marlins would need to lock up Miguel Cabrera along with Rodriguez; they could play A-Rod at third and Cabrera at first or A-Rod at short and Hanley Ramirez in center. The team then could trade left-hander Dontrelle Willis for a bounty of young talent and become a genuine power in the NL East.

First off, the Marlins won't have a new stadium in 2008.  Ain't going to happen.  Even if everything went perfectly on the stadium front, it is impossible to build it that quickly.

Second, A-Rod alone would double the team's payroll and the organization isn't going to do it for one player who isn't already under their control and maybe not even then.  Not in 2008 anyway.

Would I like to have Alex Rodriguez on the Marlins - you bet.  He is a great player.  But thinking about him becoming a Marlin is like when one goes down and buys a lottery ticket, most likely, all you're doing is buying the dream of winning the jackpot.  It's a nice thought, but it ain't going to happen.