Almost immediately after Alex Rodriguez announced that he is transitioning to a special advisor role for the New York Yankees, rumors began swirling that the 41-year-old wasn't quite ready to hang 'em up just yet.
Many of these rumors involved the Miami Marlins, and as we approach Rodriguez's apparent swan song with the Bronx Bombers tomorrow, these rumors have done nothing but intensify:
contending marlins have had internal talks on a-rod. no evidence how serious they are, if at all. https://t.co/zBwxi2kegT— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 11, 2016
What is the substance of these internal talks, you might ask? MLB.com's Joe Frisaro offers up a bit more:
Whether the #Marlins pursue Alex Rodriguez really comes down to how long club expects Justin Bour to be out.— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) August 11, 2016
Rodriguez is kind of position-less at this stage in his career though he had been at least taking reps at first base this season and parts of last year. With Justin Bour's injury lingering on longer than anticipated, Marlins' brass may be seriously considering bringing A-Rod at the very least as a late game pinch-hitter, and at most as a stand-in at first base until Bour can return. Heyman suggests in his article that if the Marlins were to sign him that it would come after the September 1st roster expansions, which, if they intended to use him as a fill-in for Bour, would be very disconcerting in regards to Bour's injury.
Adding fuel to the fire is Rodriguez's long history with Miami, attending Westminster Christian school in the city and maintaining a home in Miami in the off-season. Also, we know Loria is fond of superstars on the verge of milestone achievements (Rodriguez is four homeruns shy of 700).
Unfortunately, A-Rod has put up a .203/.251/.355 slash line to this point in 233 at bats this season and genuinely looks like he's run out of time. It's a longshot, but if the Marlins can convince themselves that there's enough fire and veteran savvy left in that bat to be useful to them, we might end up seeing this:
H/T NY Daily News