Rodriguez, speaking publicly Thursday for the first time this spring,
said he reached out to Damon this offseason to offer advice on free
“Johnny and I are very good friends, and we’ve always had a lot of
dialogue, both in the offseason and the season,” Rodriguez said. “I was
just trying to share some of my experiences with him.”
Too bad Damon didn’t listen to him. If he had, he would have put Scott Boras in the time-out chair, negotiated his own deal with the Yankees and wouldn’t have to pretend to be excited about being in Detroit right now.
Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.
Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.
Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.