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Alex Rodriguez passed on a chance to buy the Marlins

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The Marlins are going to sell soon, probably to the ownership group led by Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush. A competing group has been discussed with Tagg Romney and Tom Glavine. That group, we learned yesterday, could’ve had another well-known member: A-Rod.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox reports that Alex Rodriguez was approached by the Romney-Glavine group last week about joining their bid, taking a meeting with him last Wednesday. While Rodriguez is said to be interested in getting involved in ownership one day, he has reportedly passed, saying the timing is not right for him.

While it’s sad that we have been deprived of another mostly contrived story of a heated Jeter-A-Rod rivalry, I choose to look on the bright side. I choose to imagine a future in which the Steinbrenner family sells the Yankees and Rodriguez becomes their new owner.

That’d be far more tasty.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.