Now without Giancarlo Stanton, the Miami Marlins are seeking offensive help and are interested in Carlos Gomez and Alex Rodriguez, according to Craig Davis of The Sun Sentinel and MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
Rodriguez played his final game with the Yankees on Friday night and is expected to sign a new deal with New York that will allow him to serve as a special advisor through the 2017 season. He was released Saturday and will clear waivers at 1 p.m., when he can sign with any major league club.
ESPN’s Jim Bowden said Monday morning on MLB Network Radio that A-Rod almost certainly will join the Marlins.
.@JimBowden_ESPN: ARod to the #Marlins is going to happen, has to clear waivers Monday but it's going to happen. Play 1B— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) August 15, 2016
Rodriguez was having a down year before being released, batting .200/.247/.351 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs over 65 games. He has routinely been linked to Miami, which is seeking first base help in the absence of Justin Bour, who is on the disabled list with an ankle injury.
While Rodriguez could play first base, Gomez is an option to join Miami’s outfield. Houston designated Gomez for assignment last week and has to determine whether to trade, release or option him.
Gomez, like Rodriguez, is having a down year, batting .210/.272/.322 with five home runs and 29 RBIs. He is a two-time All Star, though, and might produce routinely in a Marlins lineup that currently lacks power.
The Marlins aren’t the only club in on Gomez, with the Mets and Cardinals also reportedly expressing interest.