We heard last night that the Marlins are considering signing Alex Rodriguez. This morning SiriusXM’s Jim Bowden says ARod to the Marlins “is going to happen.” He says Rodriguez has to clear waivers today, which he will, but it’s going to happen. He says A-Rod will play first base for Miami.
I can see why Alex Rodriguez would want this to happen. He could still play baseball, which he clearly wants to do, and he could do it in Miami, where his home and his daughters are. And heck, the Marlins are in the hunt for a playoff spot. Why the Marlins would want to do this is a far bigger mystery. Yes, they have a hole in their lineup due to Giancarlo Stanton going down with a groin injury, but A-Rod hit .200/.247/.351 in New York and, his cameo at third base on Friday night notwithstanding, he can’t play defense anymore.
I love the guy, and it would make me happy to see him have a nice month or two with someone who wants him. And the optics of him and Barry Bonds in the same uniform are about as delicious as it comes. That stuff, however, constitutes minor bits of silly and fun fan service. The Marlins are a baseball team which should be trying hard to reach the playoffs. And if a would-be playoff team thinks Alex Rodriguez is a solution to the problem of an injured middle-of-the-lineup bat, they’re insane. He’s not that anymore. He’s only marginally a big league hitter anymore.