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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.

Phillies option Hector Neris to Triple-A

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The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Nerris, who saved 26 games as the Phillies closer in 2017 and ten games in that role this year, has struggled this year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30 appearances. While his strikeout and walk rates aren’t too far off what he was doing last year his hit rate has spiked and he’s currently allowing 10.3 safeties per nine. The wheels have come off of late, as he has allowed nine runs on 15 hits — five of them homers — over his last eight innings of work. Yesterday he allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a game the Phillies had led by five.

It was clear that Gabe Kapler had lost faith in Neris as a result, using him almost exclusively in low-leverage situations. That changed on Saturday, as Kapler used him in a save situation and said after the game that they were easing him back into his role. That plan obviously changed after yesterday’s meltdown.

Seranthony Dominguez had been getting the call in save situations. He’ll get them more now.