One of the first things I thought of while I was watching the Alex Rodriguez press conference on Sunday was he would retire as a member of the Miami Marlins. I’m not a psychic or anything, but it looks as though my idea has some truth to it (I have not talked with the Marlins organization, mind you) as it is not news the team has had internal discussion about the current Yankees adviser playing at home.
Oh, how exciting would it be for Rodriguez, who is four home runs away from 700 for his career, hit a shot over the wall at Marlins Park with Barry Bonds looking on from the dugout?
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Marlins have had internal discussions about Rodriguez. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported that signing Rodriguez appears unlikely, but the possibility shouldn't be completely ruled out. Oh by the way, Joe Frisano of MLB.com wrote the story that leads me to believe it might happen, although nothing has really been said in concrete yet.
The fact is first baseman Justin Bour is still trying to come back from a high ankle sprain and the team has used a platoon system at the position. Rodriguez is a bat the team can plug into the middle of the lineup with potential positive results. As Frisano points out, Rodriguez has only played a handful of games at first base in his career, so it is not known whether he could handle playing there more consistently.
With Bour out, Miami has been using left-handed-hitting Derek Dietrich in a platoon situation with righty Chris Johnson. Miguel Rojas also has been used as a defensive replacement in the late innings.
Rodriguez is playing his final game of his career in a Yankees uniform tonight before moving to the front office as an advisor within the organization.
Everything might depend on Bour and his availability to the team in the near future.