Alex Rodriguez has apparently turned down the Miami Marlins. That’s a win for everyone.
I want to start by saying that Alex Rodriguez has had a phenomenal career, even with the PEDs, but he’s past it now. His slash line is currently .200/247/.351 with 9 home runs. All are career lows. Based on fWAR, he’s worth -1.2.
So it’s clear that he can no longer hit. But maybe he can still play defense? Well, probably not. There’s a reason that the Yankees have only had him in the field for 7 games in the past two seasons. He hasn’t played over 100 games in the field since 2010. And obviously, he’d have to play either third or first for the Marlins since there is no DH. Were he to play in the field everyday, he’d likely cost his team even more wins.
The only reason that the Marlins were likely even considering the move was as a publicity stunt. Owner Jeffrey Loria would love to market Alex Rodriguez to the city of Miami. It’s where he grew up, even committing to the University of Miami before turning pro. His name alone would have helped boost attendance. There’s also the fact that he’s only four home runs away from 700. That’s a huge milestone. Fans would be showing up hoping to witness baseball history. Unfortunately though, that would be the only reason signing A-Rod would make sense. From a baseball standpoint, it’s stupid. He simply can’t play at this level any longer. But from a business one, it could make a little sense.
That being said, I think it’s time for baseball to say good bye to Alex Rodriguez. He’s one of the best we’ve ever gotten to see, but it’s time for him to go. It’s time for everyone to move on.