The Miami Marlins are currently all about Alex Rodriguez.
Yes, the New York Yankees third baseman is currently the most important potential Marlin since last year's Albert Pujols chase. The rumors surrounding the Marlins and Rodriguez are continuing to swirl after an initial report regarding a casual conversation between Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and Yankees president Randy Levine. It ballooned, naturally, into full-on trade speculation amid Rodriguez's struggles at the plate during the 2012 playoffs. The good news about all of this talk is that the Marlins' actual issues.
- For their parts, both Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Marlins president David Samson denied talks, so there may not be much to these rumors. Then again, how many times have we seen rumors fly that were supposedly "unwarranted" yet turned out to be mostly true?
- On the non-Rodriguez front, the Marlins have been helping out around the community. The Marlins teamed up with Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, to help out Miami Edison Middle School.
Around the League
- The Detroit Tigers have clinched a spot in the World Series this season, and but GM Dave Dombrowski is also thinking about their manager position. Longtime manager Jim Leyland appears to be welcome if he wants to return.
- The Washington Nationals have a lot of questions to answer, and one of them involves their first base situation with Adam LaRoche. LaRoche had a nice comeback season, but he is a free agent this year.
At Fish Stripes
- Don't forget, we had our own coverage of the Alex Rodriguez discussion here at Fish Stripes.
- Unfortunately, the Marlins could not replace Ramirez with any good options at third base, as evidenced by the review of the rest of the position.