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Jim Bowden: A-Rod to the Marlins “is going to happen”

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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.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”