Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that the Marlins have had internal discussions about Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez, who will be released by the Yankees after Friday night’s game.
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro adds that the Marlins’ interest in Rodriguez is dependent on how long they expect first baseman Justin Bour to be out with an ankle injury. Bour was expected to return from the disabled list last Friday but the ankle continues to be bothersome.
Rodriguez, 41, is hitting an abysmal .203/.251/.355 with nine home runs and 29 RBI in 235 plate appearances with the Yankees. Going to the Marlins would be a homecoming of sorts, as he went to school in Miami.
Rodriguez is four home runs shy of 700 for his career. Having number 700 celebrated by the Marlins’ obnoxious home run sculpture would be fitting.
ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.
O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”
“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.
O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.
He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.
O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.
He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.