On Thursday, it was reported that the Marlins had internal discussions about bringing Alex Rodriguez to the team. Then, on Saturday, manager Don Mattingly said the club hasn’t been discussing the idea. Now, after losing slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the rest of the season, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said on Sunday that the team is considering reaching out to Rodriguez, Steven Wine of the Associated Press reports.
Hill said, “We’re going to look at everything. There has been information out there about his situation. I have no idea what his interest level is to continue playing. He has something set up to move into the Yankees front office; I don’t know where his head is on that.”
The Marlins beat the White Sox 5-4 on Sunday afternoon, remaining 8.5 games behind the first-place Nationals in the NL East and temporarily moved into a tie with the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card slot.
Rodriguez, 41, was released by the Yankees after Friday’s game. He hit .200/.247/.351 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 243 plate appearances. He is four home runs shy of becoming the fourth member of the 700 home run club along with Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth.
If Rodriguez doesn’t end up being an option for the Marlins, they’re also considering outfielder Carlos Gomez, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. Gomez was designated for assignment by the Astros last Wednesday.